Friend: I’m lost.
Me: I am too. Follow Him.
Friend: I don’t know if I can trust Him.
Me: You can.
Friend: But you aren’t following Him and I knew another guy who said to follow Him and he wasn’t following Him.
Me: I know it doesn’t look like I’m following Him but He went through that dark valley. I was afraid, so I’m going around. But I am following Him.
Friend: That little gully right there, with all the sunshine?
Me: It looked darker to me. I was afraid.
Friend: So you don’t trust Him?
Me: I do… but maybe not enough.
Friend: I’m gonna kinda follow you but my own way. Just in case.
Me: Don’t follow me. I’m lost too. Follow Him.
Friend: I’d rather watch you. I think you’ll let me down and I can get back to that easy trail everyone else is on, then I’ll be sure I made the right choice.
Me: How will you know that you made the right choice, if you don’t follow Him for yourself?
Friend: Because I know I’m lost. (pause) But everyone I know is going that way.
Me: If everyone is going that way and you’re sure you’re lost, then aren’t they lost?
Friend: Hmmmm I guess so, but at least we’re together.
Me: I want to be with Him. Maybe I will go through that dark valley. It might be a small gully. I should trust Him more.
Friend: Wait – if you’re going this way – maybe I’ll follow you.
Me: Don’t follow me. Follow Him.
Friend: I don’t understand. Why not?
Me: Because I’m stubborn and I take my eyes off of Him. If we both try to follow Him, we might not get lost so easy.
Friend: I don’t know how to start.
Me: Just follow Him. He’s easy to find if you look for Him, and when things get really hard, He’s always right beside me.
But you’re gonna have to take your eyes off me.
Friend – looks for Jesus taking a tentative step in that direction.
Jesus to my friend: I’ve been waiting for you to follow me. I knew you would. That was me that called softly to you, so that you would know you were lost.
Friend to Jesus: I don’t know how.
Jesus to both of us: That’s why I brought you together. You can help each other follow me and not be afraid to go where I go. Just remember to keep your eyes on me. I’ll never be far.
And so our journey following Jesus converged for a while and we were strengthened as we helped each other – to follow Him.
To all my readers – follow Him.
By Vicki L Pugliese