Exploring the Intersections of Faith and Life

“Because of your great compassion you did not abandon them in the desert. By day the pillar of cloud did not cease to guide them on their path, nor the pillar of fire by night to shine on the way they were to take.

Nehemiah 9:19

Seeing-eye dogs are amazing animals.  They have a huge responsibility to be the eyes of a blind or visually-impaired person.  They guide their human through mazes of city streets or grocery store aisles, watching out for traffic and other hazards that can injure their special person.  Their person literally entrusts their lives to their guide dog.  They are amazing animals, but they aren’t born knowing how to be the eyes for someone.  They have to be taught.  They rely on us to guide them, to give them structure and boundaries so they have a safe place to learn how lead, to learn how to watch for obstacles, and to learn how to problem-solve, so that they can be the eyes for their human.

Guidance is important for us, as well.  Good guidance helps us learn how to make good choices, it gives us direction, it helps us develop and grow into the best we can be.  I can look back on my life and see many times when I have been guided.  Sometimes that guidance has helped me decide what job to take, or what decision to make.  Other times guidance has come after the fact, when I have taken the time to learn from my mistakes, or when the awareness has hit that I have not been the person I most want to be.  God has used a variety of people and circumstances to help me find my way and learn my lessons.  Each moment of guidance (when I listened!) has been a moment of growth.  It has made me a better person, a more giving person, a more compassionate person, and a more faithful person.  In other words, listening to God’s guidance has made me more the person I want to be, and that I believe I was created to be.

  • What was your closest moment to God today?
  • Have you ever experienced a moment when you felt guided, even if you were only aware if it after the fact?
  • Did you experience a moment of growth today?  If so, what was it?
  • Give thanks for those times when you have been guided.
  • Ask for open eyes, heart and mind to recognize when you are in a growth moment.

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