Five Minute Friday:: FOLLOW
Once again, here we are at this week’s Five Minute Friday, wherein I, along with whole a bunch of other folks, free-write for five minutes flat on a one-word prompt: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation.
Though these free-writes may not be “the best writing” I do, they are always great to get the gears in motion and get me tapping away on the keyboard. It’s always insightful to see what comes out of these minutes.
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Here is this week’s prompt:
It is so easy to follow things that aren’t Jesus. I can follow the crowd. I can follow my own whims. I can follow strangers on various social media avenues. I can follow the car in front of me. I can follow the fashion trends. I can follow the news. I can follow what my parents or my in-laws or my friends tell me. I can follow what my pastor tells me. I can follow what the celebrities say or do. I can follow my cravings.
I can follow whatever I feel like following.
And some of it might not be “bad.” Some of it might even be pretty awesome or important or beneficial to the world.
But I am called to follow my God. I am called to walk in His footsteps, to follow His promptings, to tune into Him and to listen to Him and take my marching orders from what I get transmitted to me from Him.
He calls me His own. He calls me to stay close. He urges me to press on in the small good things I’m doing: helping my toddler get his pee in the toilet, washing clothes for my husband and kids, making yummy meals to share with friends, reading His Word and hanging out with Him while my little guy naps, going for walks and talks with friends when I can, praying for my daughters’ school and faculty when I get the urging and the opportunity… He calls me to these small good things and so I follow Him there.
I also hear Him calling me to this keyboard, to these thoughts, to His voice as it leads me to tap tap tap away in hopes that my tapped out words will touch a tapped out soul nearby. This, too, is a small good thing I follow Him into…
Lord, I am here. Trying to stay close, trying to figure out what You say, trying to figure out how to balance it all. I thank You that I am not alone. I am not here by accident, nor am I here by luck. It is You, Lord. You have created me, fashioned me, and You are leading me. I know I miss Your voice so often. I know I don’t get it right so often. I know I’m flawed and in need of You. And I know You love me anyway. You see me and know me and love me and still want me. I matter to You. I am treasured by You.
Thank You for Your grace.
Thank You for Your love.
Thank You for being the One Always Trustworthy Guide.
I will continue to follow You, Lord.
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What about you?
What comes to your mind when you hear the word “follow”?
Please feel free to share your thoughts or post your own Five Minute Friday in the comment section below.