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When God Leads from Behind

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”  (Ps. 23:6)

As I look back on the path that brought me to dwell in my “new house,” (see Part: 1, "Lucky" to read about that process) I see it was goodness and mercy that watched over me on days when the light grew dim and the shadows stretched long.

Those “twin guardian angels,” as C.H. Spurgeon called goodness and mercy have followed me. They’ve had my back. God is not a harsh taskmaster who drives us. He is a gentle Shepherd who leads, often from behind.

His care reminds me of the elementary schoolteacher who gives the privilege of leading the line to one of her students and then steps to the back of her class as they set out to the library, the cafeteria, or the playground. The teacher can see her charges, and if necessary, direct from behind. 

God puts those in his care before him.

For most of my life, I wanted to be the line leader. I didn’t want to be among…

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