Oh how I loved that song by Carole King that was released from her album Tapestry in 1971, “Where you lead, I will follow, anywhere…” I will follow anywhere. Except, even back then I resisted singing “Anywhere that you tell me to.” Tell me? Uh, no way. Try asking me and you’ll get a better response. I would actually sing it with the word ask inserted where the original was tell.
Even as a 15-year-old, I wasn’t about to let any man tell where I should go or what I should do. Ask is one thing. Tell is quite another.
In Psalm 143:10 this person asks God to “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. Let your good spirit lead me on a level path.” One of the great things about Psalm 143 is that God doesn’t tell this person what to do or where to go. Instead they ask God to teach them, and what God teaches is how to do God’s will. If God truly is my God than I will want to know and understand what God’s will is and just how to do it.
They also ask God to let the good spirit lead them on a level path, an easy path, a path without pot holes or chasms that must be bridged, a path without stumbling blocks, a path that isn’t difficult or at a steep incline or descent.
That’s the path for me. The easy path. Unfortunately, the path on which the spirit of God leads us is often a difficult path. It can be so overgrown that we can’t see more than a couple of feet ahead of us. It can cause us to run out of of breath or need something to lean on or a rail to hold onto – both for guidance and for support.
No, God’s path is not always an easy one, but if we genuinely wish for God to teach us to do God’s will, then we will take the path we get and make the best of it. Perhaps we will even work to make that path more level so that the next person does have it a little easier.
God, where you lead I will follow. Anywhere. Give me the strength and the courage and the foresight to make those choices over and over again. Amen