Mount Kenya, in Africa, is over 17,000 feet tall. It is the second tallest mountain on the continent. Many years ago, a very wealthy man, with an adventurous spirit, hired an experienced guide to lead him on a climb to the peak. The guide was hesitant to accept the job because the man was elderly, and he wasn’t sure his physical condition would allow him to make the dangerous climb. Finally, he agreed to do it but only if the old man promised to follow his every instruction.
After many hours of climbing, they came to a high and remote mountain pass. To the old man’s dismayed, he saw the path had almost been washed out. What could they do? To the left was a sheer rock cliff; to his right, a cliff that dropped nearly 1000 ft. Looking down, he felt his head growing faint and his knees beginning to buckle. At that moment his guide shouted, “Do not look down or you are a dead man, keep your eyes on me, and where I put my feet, put yours there as well.” The man did as he was instructed and soon he passed from danger to safety.
This is a good advice for the beginning of a new year. No one knows what lies ahead for any of us. We all have plans and dreams, but the times and seasons of life are in God’s hands. Sooner or later we will come in a dangerous pass where the way ahead seems to be washed out. At that moment we can panic and fall into terrible trouble, or we can fix our eyes on the Lord Jesus and mark carefully his steps before us. If we will follow him, we will find out at the end of the year that we have been kept safe by His amazing grace.