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Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Then Jesus said unto his disciples, "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." Matthew 16:24

 

Dr. Seuss speaks to the heart of children when he tells them about the places they will go in life. I remember being brought to tears as I listened to my son's fifth grade principal read this book to his graduating class. Today, years later, I find myself reflecting on those words as I continue to grow in my walk with the Lord. Learning to just trust in Him, no matter what it looks like.

Walking Trail

Oh, the places God would take us if only we would go! Jesus told his disciples to follow Him. He told them to deny themselves, pick up their cross, and follow Him. Oh, the places Jesus took them when they followed Him! Miracles, signs and wonders they witnessed when they were willing to follow where Jesus would go. Are you willing to go? Jesus said "I will never leave you nor forsake you." Will you pick up your cross and follow? Oh, the places God will take you if only you would go. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding. Go! Follow! And see the places that He will take you!

"Congratulations! Today is your day. You're off to Great Places! You're off and away!"

"Oh, The Place You'll Go!" Dr. Seuss

"Yea, though I walk through the Valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me. Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me."

Psalms 23

God is faithful. But it is only when we follow Him all the way and let go of our fears for tomorrow, can we see His work and His provision for us in our lives. That may mean not calling upon our resources, our strength - but waiting on God for His provision, listening for His direction, and trusting completely in Him no matter what it looks like. It is only then that you can see a miracle. You didn’t do it. You couldn't do it. And nobody else can take the credit for it. What an impact on your faith! When you wait on the Lord and that thing turns around in an instant and NOBODY can take credit for it, nor plant any seed of doubt in your mind that it was something other than a miracle - no one, but God - your faith will reach a new level.

Oh, the places the Lord will take you, if only you would go.

Go with Him in the trials. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Follow Him through the valley, for He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. Wait on the Lord. He will renew your strength. His grace is sufficient.

So, deny yourself. Your way. Your comfort zone. Your ego. Your worldly understanding. Take up your cross. Pick up your Bible. Take up your Word. And follow Jesus. Walk with the Holy Spirit...

And Oh, the Places God Will Take You, When You Follow Him and Go!

This piece was originally written on September 29, 2014

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