At a friend’s home on Sea Island I arise this day overlooking a beautiful savannah stretching to the horizon. A full palette of greens and golds, are bordered miles away by a greenish/bluish line of trees where the next palette of blues begin very light, then softly brushes toward heaven, the cloudless sky turning deeper and deeper blue as my eyes rise. Can there be any doubt the Creator has passed this way already. The words of the Psalmist come to mind: “He who keeps you will not slumber.” So I am clearly well “kept”; My Lord has been up all night preparing this morning’s view to perfection. Father, I get it, everything in this new day has been freshly crafted by Your loving hand.
“Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd,” Exodus 23:2NIV. Geese fly in formation so they can draft off each other to make flying easier. People do the same. We have a natural tendency to simply follow the herd; it is easier to go with the flow of whatever is popular, faddish or commonly admired. The steep price of a drift-along-lifestyle is the failure to find your divinely created purpose. We are carefully knitted together by the Creator for His specific calling for each of us. We can never rise to God’s best by going along with the crowd. I must continually find that sweet spot of being WITH the crowd but not OF the crowd. Lord, protect me from wandering aimlessly and help me keep my pace in cadence with Yours. Teach me to be comfortable in the gaggle but to be willing to fly at the front of the formation.