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Topic: New Year (05/09/05)
TITLE: WHERE HE MAY LEAD ME
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It was New Years Eve, and just to do something different with our family of three daughters, we decided to climb up a nearby hill in the darkness and watch the various firework displays changing our city, Auckland, into a giant lighthouse. Our daughters had scrambled ahead of us, until the youngest stopped, and with an anxious voice said,
“I can’t see the way ahead. You go in front of me, Mummy, and I’ll follow you.”
Edging around her on the track, I took the lead. With renewed confidence Rachelle continued her climb simply following my footsteps. She wasn’t worried about what lay ahead, just as long as I was leading the way.
Another night. Another New Years Eve. Another country. In the stillness of that night, the waves lapped gently on the shores of the lake nestled among the foothills of the Andes Mountains. The light from the bonfire flickered companionably across the faces of the group of missionaries welcoming in the new century. What was lying ahead for all of us? What was lying ahead for the world? It was a solemn time as we lifted our communion cups together to acknowledge the Lord of the Universe. And then as one, we saw it. Against the dark sky the beautiful constellation, the Southern Cross, sparkled down at us. That cross seemed to say…
“Don’t be afraid or unsure of the future. Remember, I have gone before. I came to earth, and died on a cross. I have made a way for you in the darkness of the night. I am the Rock on which you can walk with confidence. I am the Light to guide your feet. You can trust in Me, because I have gone before.”
As I continued packing our clothes, I felt the fear and insecurity lift from my heart. Our Lord and Saviour had gone before us! It wasn’t an unknown path for Him. He had made a way for us and as we walked in the light of His presence, we could be assured that the solid Rock was beneath us and all the promises of God lay ahead!
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