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THE NEEDLE AND THE THREAD

The Bible uses some interesting figures to represent Christians and their relationship to God: Vine and branches, clay and Sculptor, sheep and Shepherd. Another interesting metaphor came not from the Bible, but from an African convert. This young man prayed one evening, "0 Lord, you are the needle and I am the thread." He had just visited a school where girls were learning to sew. He watched intently and noticed a simple principle: wherever the needle went, the thread followed. That, he decided, represented his relationship to God. If he would stay close to the Lord, praying, reading His Word, depending entirely upon Him and following Him, God would always lead him where he needed to go. He simply was the thread following the needle. God will guide if we will follow. We often sing the song, "Trust and obey, for there's no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey."

... Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest ..." - Luke 9:57

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