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A Story About a Guide Two years ago I went on Pilgrimage to Israel. We had a guide called Eitan, who lived near Nazareth. He was a wonderful guide. He knew all the places we visited and what happened there. As he got to know us he adapted his plans and knew what we would enjoy and what our limits were. He knew the best times of day to visit places so that we got the best experience. He knew the best places to eat and made sure we drank enough. He knew the Bible and challenged us about our faith. He kept us safe and made sure we experienced and learnt as much as we could. As the week went along we came to rely on him, he knew the best way to go, the most interesting places to visit, and we followed him carefully. On the last day we all had lunch together before our flight home and when we left the restaurant we followed Eitan, as usual, to find the coach to go to the airport. As we were walking down a road some of us spotted the coach parked up a side street across the road, but Eitan seemed to be walking past it, we shouted him, but the road was busy and noisy and he didn’t appear to hear us and it looked like he was walking away from the coach, so some of us decided to cross the road near were the coach was parked. After all it would save us a walk back when Eitan realised he’d walked to far! But when Eitan got on the coach he was very upset – of course he had seen the coach, but it was not a safe place to cross the road. Although it appeared to us he was walking away from the coach he was in fact walking up the street to a pedestrian crossing that we did not know about, there had been a good chance that we could have been knocked down as it was a busy road. We could see and hear Eitan clearly and he had shown throughout the week that he was a good guide, yet we still did not trust him, we still thought we know best, we knew where we wanted to get to and thought we could take a short cut! How often do we do that with our faith? We know where we want to be (close to God) but we don’t listen to or respond to the promptings of our guide the Holy Spirit, because we think we know best.
- Hilary Shedlock