Daily Devotions

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life...” Psalm 23—Debbie Klix, Kathy Huls


“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life...” Psalm 23—Debbie Klix, Kathy Huls

I was traveling north on Highway 54, just outside Jefferson City. I had passed a pick-up truck on the bridge over the Missouri River. As I drove through the valley up the hill to the top of the bluffs overlooking the river the driver of the truck, for whatever reason passed me and then slowed down. When I went to pass him, he sped up. When I slowed down to let him go he slowed down. When I finally did go by him, he began to follow me, close behind. When I passed other cars, so did he. When I pulled back in from the fast lane, so did he. He was right behind for miles.

It was disconcerting because I didn’t know his ultimate intention. I tried to ignore him and keep my eyes looking forward, but he was ever present behind me. Five miles. Ten miles. Fifteen miles. He was still there. Then, right around Fulton he exited the highway. I was glad to see him gone, but to tell the truth, I kept looking in my rearview mirror, just to check, I had gotten used to having him there.

There is always something following us, every day, all the time. No one passes through life without having an effect follow their words, their actions, their interactions. We are always leaving an impact on the world. So, what will it be that follows behind in our rearview mirrors? Will it be good? Or will it feel like a threat?

Think of the 23rd Psalm. This is what I hear: When the Lord is my shepherd, when it is God Who is my guide and resource for life, when God is growing me more and more, designing and shaping me, then what follows me will be “goodness and mercy” all the days of my life. Because that’s what God is planting with my life. That’s what God intends as the result of my life.

The cool thing is when God’s goodness and mercy is following us we are not afraid or wondering what the motive might be. And even better, not only do we get used to having goodness and mercy follow us, we are glad to have it there.

As you go on your way today, keep an eye in the rearview mirror of your life. What’s following behind you?

Pastor Roy Christell

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