by Macy Johnson
“I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.
For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.”
(Romans 7:18 NIV)
It was a stressful week. Everything seemed to fall on top of me at the same time.
- A six-month checkup at the doctor, bloodwork, and the annual flu shot
- A memorial service where the pastor sang a solo with my hodgepodge accompaniment
- A piano concert for a church luncheon
- A large branch speared our roof
- A fever blister on my lip
I felt like I was slip sliding away from Jesus. I could hear him whisper, “Stop! Stop! Come to me and rest!” But I retorted, “I’ve got this, Jesus. I’ll be with you in just a few minutes. Let me take care of this first.”
Feeling like the blind leading the blind, I recalled a story told by a retired airline pilot. After he exited the plane one afternoon in a large airport, he noticed a blind gentleman with a dog. He approached the man and asked if he could walk his companion for him. My friend put on his aviator sunglasses and proceeded down the terminal walkway in his pilot’s uniform with the seeing-eye dog!
Paul Simon’s song Slip Slidin’ Away reminds me “the nearer your destination, the more you’re slip slidin’ away.” Take two steps forward, and three steps back. God designed life this way so I would be more dependent on Him. I am not blind or out of control. When I feel like I am slipping, I look up to Jesus on the cross and am rescued!
I will hold on to Jesus’ hand and walk confidently on the path He lays out for me. I hope you will, too!