I can remember playing Follow the Leader as a child.  We always tried to do things that the others that followed would not be able to do.  I’m not sure if that is how it was supposed to be played, but that’s what we did.  The quicker you could lose everyone, or find something they could not do, the better you were at the game.

    I’m sure glad Jesus was not like that when He told the disciples to follow Him.  In Luke 9:23, He tells His disciples, “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat—I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how.” (The Message)  Jesus doesn’t promise them a easy walk in the park, but He does tell them that He will show them how to walk with Him and deal with the troubles that may arise.

    That still holds true for us today.  If we are going to follow Jesus, we are to let Him be in the driver’s seat.  We must not expect a perfectly smooth ride with no bumps, but we can both expect and rely on the fact that He will help us over those bumps and show us how to follow Him.