Lord, I am a poor, blind child

(Winslow, "Daily Need Divinely Supplied")

"He tends His flock like a shepherd:
He gathers the lambs in His arms
and carries them close to His heart;
He gently leads those that have young."
   Isaiah 40:11

Jesus leads those who are burdened, and
need a skillful, sure, and gentle shepherd.

Our journey to heaven is across a waste,
howling wilderness, through an enemy's
country, all armed and combined to resist,
dispute, and oppose our every step.

It is a road, also, all untraveled and unknown.
Over the entrance of every new path is written,
"You have not passed this way before." A new
bend in our life transpires, a new path in our
pilgrimage is presented, involving new duties
and responsibilities, new cares and trials. And
with fear and trembling we gird ourselves for
the new cloud veiled pilgrimage which God in
His goodness has appointed us.

But why these doubts, these tremblings, these
fears? Jesus is our Leader! He knows all the way
we take, has mapped every road, and has
appointed every path.

As a Teacher, He leads us into all truth;
as a Captain, He leads us from victory to victory;
as a Shepherd, He leads us into green pastures;
as a Guide, He leads us along our difficult path,
skillfully, gently, and safely.

And HOW does Jesus lead us? He leads us graciously.
He leads us along all the stages, and through all the
exercises of our Christian experience, leaving us not
when our frames are low, and our faith is assailed,
and darkness, often thick darkness, covers our soul.

Who could skillfully, patiently, and faithfully lead
us along all the mazes, intricacies, and perils of our
Christian course safely to glory, but Christ our Leader?

Commit yourself, O my soul, confidently to the
Lord's leading. The way may appear all wrong to
you, but it is the right way.
Mystery may enshroud it,
trials may pave it,
sorrows may darken it,
tears may bedew it, nevertheless He
is leading you by the right way home.

"I will lead the blind by ways they have not known,
along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn
the darkness into light before them, and make the
rough places smooth. These are the things I will do;
I will not forsake them." Isaiah 42:16

"Lord, I am a poor, blind child, not knowing my way;
and when I do see it, I am often so burdened that I
cannot walk. Take me by the hand, and gently, skillfully
lead me until traveling days are over, and I am at home
with You forever. You have promised gently to lead the
burdened and feeble who cannot keep up with the flock.
Lord, lead ME!"