“Then Jesus gave the following illustration: Can one blind person lead another? Won’t they both fall into a ditch?” -Luke 6:39
When we’re walking on unfamiliar roads, we need someone to lead us.
Somewhere along every unfamiliar journey, we will be tempted to walk with two blind men.
Yourself. We live in a world where we are made to believe that people who can do it on their own are stronger, more mature, and will be more successful. And so our first resort is self-sufficiency. The truth is, we don’t want other people to see us when we mess up.
But here’s what I realized: even if we can see the road we’re traveling on, if we don’t know where we’re supposed to go, we’re still as good as blind.
“Hear this, you foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see…” -Jeremiah 5:21
Let’s face it. We need help. We cannot do it on our own.
Another blind man. Who we get help from matters. People who haven’t gone through the road we’re traveling on are not in the position to lead us to where we’re supposed to go. They may sound encouraging or reassuring but they cannot point us to the right direction.
It’s just a matter of finding people who wouldn’t laugh at us when we mess up. It’s about finding people who would understand because they’ve been through what we’re going through or maybe they’re still on the same road we’re taking but are just a few miles ahead of us. It’s a matter of finding the right mentor – people who are willing and able to give sound and godly counsel.
Allow me to discuss the highlighted words a bit further.
By willing I refer to people who will find mentoring us a joy and not a burden. There will be those who may not have the grace to see us through the situation we are in and that’s okay. It just means one thing: they’re called to be some place else.
By able I refer to people who have experience.
By sound and godly (these two are not supposed to be taken apart from each other) I refer to advice that is on the one hand logical and practical and biblical on the other.
But our greatest assurance is this:
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord … ” -Psalm 27:33
Whatever road you’re in, remember to trust Him with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, acknowledge Him in all your ways, and He will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6).
We may be walking blindly into our inheritance but we are never alone. One because He is and will always be with us and two, because He will provide us with people who will see us through. And so in the journey that we are in, we continue to walk by faith, never by sight.