I learned a lot about the pecking order when my kids were little.
There was a heart-tug, a desire, to always be with those just a little older.
It was always annoying. To the older children.
That never deterred the younger ones from wanting to do and be everything their older siblings did and were.
Mark would follow Heather. Courtney wanted to be where Melody was. Debbie was Tiffany’s shadow. In each case, the older ones would get exasperated with the persistence of the younger ones.
This weekend I got to see it all over again. But not with siblings. Which made it even more fun to watch.
Heather was caring for Eli, the eighteen-month-old son of her good friend, for a chance for said friend and her hubby to get away overnight. So Eli accompanied the family to the Saturday soccer game.
Which begs the question: When you go to watch a soccer game with young children, what do you end up watching?
Eli immediately found the dirt piles, as most boys do. Attaching as much dirt to his body became his job. And he did it with great delight and a lot of words.
Then he noticed Isley walking around holding Papa’s iPhone. Listening and singing to kid tunes. With motions.
Clutching the iPhone. Protecting it.
Undaunted, Eli followed.
Isley walked faster.
Being a hot day, he tired of this after awhile and sat back down in his dirt pile.
Isley saw her chance and sat in Papa’s chair, watching and singing.
Much to her chagrin.
Eli climbed up beside her, wanting to watch what she was watching. Of course. Isley tried valiantly to protect the phone. Her space.
Then she gave in.
What made this so immeasurably fun was that, right before the game began, she was following two older girls around the playground by the field. Doing what they did.
Following their lead.
We all have a desire to follow someone who knows where they’re going. Someone who’s going where we think we want to go and seems to have a way to get there.
My problem is that I’ve often followed folks who don’t have a clue where they’re really going.
Sure, they have a great line. They can sell themselves well. They’re popular, for some reason. And I easily get caught up in the hoopla and hype they create.
It’s easy to lose sight of what’s good in the dazzle of hype.
There’s really only One worth following.
“Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, ‘I am the Light of the world. If you follow Me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the Light that leads to life.’” John 8:12
There are many who seek my faithfulness as a follower. Politicians. Bosses. People in authority. People who want to gain a voice, a platform. But only One guarantees a way to make the path clear. A light way. A life way. Not dark and questionable.
I’d follow Him anywhere.