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Follow the Leader

Guest Post

with

Rachel Skatvold

Today I’m excited to host Rachel Skatvold, a romance author and inspirational writer based in the heartland of America (Kansas City, MO).  She  is a member of the Heart of American Christian Writer’s Network (HACWN). Sensitive to the difficulties of the vision-impaired I strive to encourage, Rachel shares this message:

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FOLLOW THE LEADER

I can't trust myself. I need to follow the light.

For we walk by faith, not by sight.

2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV

As a teenager, I used to attend a Christian youth conference at a secluded campground, nestled in the Ozark Mountains. One of the highlights of coming to the conference included exploring a small walk through cave nearby.

There were dim lights mounted in craggy holes along the roof of the cave, but in certain sections, the cave was pitch black. I must admit, the fear of encountering little furry winged creatures entered my brain more than once. However, the thrill of adventure pushed me forward.

One particular time, I went in with about five friends and only one small flashlight. We played a game of follow the leader by forming a human chain and shuffled along, tripping over rocks and splashing through murky puddles in the process. Laughter echoed off the cave walls as we bumped into each other in the darkness.

All of a sudden, an eerie feeling swept over me, knowing if I got separated from the group, I would have to find my own way through the darkness. I couldn’t rely on my sight. My only choice was to cling to the hand in front of me, trusting that the leader of the group with the flashlight would lead us out safely.

My spiritual life is similar. I can’t rely on my own sight to lead me. I have put my faith in the leader, who is holding the light. Or rather, the one who IS the light.

My spiritual life is similar. I can’t rely on my own sight to lead me. I have put my faith in the leader, who is holding the light.

Or rather, the one who IS the light.

Looking back, during difficult times in my life when I felt alone and helpless in the dark, Jesus was and always will be the one who leads me through to safety. His light is the only light I can trust. Even during the darkest of times, He will never abandon me.

My own senses may fail me but Jesus will never fail me. He is the leader I can follow and put my faith in.

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Rachel Skatvold, Romance Author


Author Bio:

Rachel is an inspirational author and stay-at-home mom from the Midwest.  She enjoys writing inspirational romance, devotions and encouraging blogs.  Rachel strives to write stories that shine the light of Jesus and is currently seeking publication for her first inspirational romance novel, “Enduring the Flames.” Other than writing, some of her hobbies include singing, reading and camping in the great outdoors with her husband and two young sons. You can find out more about Rachel’s books and writing ministry on her website: http://www.rachelskatvold.com.

If Rachel’s post encouraged you, please take a moment to leave a comment and share it with your friends.  Thanks!

Copyright Rachel Skatvold, March 2014.

3 Responses to “Follow the Leader”

  • Amy:

    Rachel,
    Thank you so much for sharing this experience with my readers! I’ve always loved that scripture and when I found out that I was progressively losing my vision, it became even more meaningful.
    Amy

  • Thank you for inviting me to guest blog, Amy. I’ve always loved that scripture as well. It is such a great reminder that Jesus is always leading us if we put our faith in Him. I hope you have a blessed day and thank you again.
    ~Rachel

  • David Webster:

    Very inspirational story Rachel, It sounds like a wonderful place to be to get closer to God in Nature.

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