He leadeth me, He leadeth me,
By His own hand He leadeth me;
His faithful foll’wer I would be,
For by His hand He leadeth me.
Joseph Henry Gilmore
He Leadeth Me Part Two
I sang this song one day when I was facing something unknown. I didn’t know what would happen, and there was nothing I could do about it. At least, nothing I could do that would change the outcome. Life can be scary like that sometimes. God leads us on pathways filled with twists and turns, and we can’t see what’s around the next corner. Will we behold a peaceful, sunlit valley, or a frightening, raging sea?
There was a moment, as I sang that song, in which I realized something: the outcome isn’t what’s important. Whatever happens, God will lead me. He will be faithful. “Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant” (Deuteronomy 7:9). In the book of Revelation, His very name assures us. “And I saw heaven opened; and behold, a white horse, and He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True” (Revelation 19:11).
I know He will see me through — that’s His promise. The question is: will I be faithful? Will I trust Him, or will I let fear overwhelm me? I’m not pretending to be a hero. Of course I wanted to see the sunlit valley, not the raging sea. But in that moment, those words, “His faithful foll’wer I would be,” really spoke to me.
I hope they always will.