The Places You Will Go

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You’re on your own.
And you know what you know.
And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go.
-Oh, the Places You’ll Go
Dr. Suess
I love that little passage that Dr. Suess wrote in his book, Oh the Places You’ll Go.
Have you ever heard someone say, “After I have kids, or when I retire, I will do “this” or “that?”
You can fill in the blanks for the “this” or that” but why wait for the “after or when”?
There are opportunities in all the places we go each day.
In those places you may see things you have never seen before, meet people you might have
never met; but if you don’t go you will never know.
Many women and children, who stand beside a service member, went out to this place called Salisbury Park in Washington State a few years ago.  They had all joined together to watch a submarine go out to the deep blue yonder. I almost didn’t go that morning; I thought what a depressing day for many. I didn’t want to be exposed to sadness and mourning as loved ones watched their husband and dad’s go away for months on end. It wasn’t my first rodeo to experience departure and wanted to avoid it at all cost.
I knew that day if we attended we were going to be subjected to an endless amount of tears.
What’s the worst thing that can happen, we cry? My son and I ended up going and we were blessed for attending the event that day. It was a valley that morning but a valley that lead me into a mountaintop of a friendship.
I love you Shay.
Oh the places we go……

Some days we soar up high in the sky while other days we are walking in the valley, learning lessons that we may have never learned on the mountain top. But when you’re walking from one mountain top to another, and you’re dragging in the desert of that valley, who do you ask to walk by your side? What do you learn in those moments? When it’s time to be in the valley, how do you respond?
Do you know that those moments will pass?
Do you know that Jesus is there with you in all the places you go?
The memories you make along the way last longer than anything you can buy.
The people you meet, the relationships you form, build up a family that can’t be ignored.
Do you think that God works through people?
I know he does.
So when you are living life in the valley, a day, a year or a decade, just know that
the mountain you will stand on one day will tower over that valley, making it look small.
It will be one place that you went and can hope to never visit again.
You will continue to travel through life, forming new friendships.
The Lord has to keep our feet moving to get us to the next mountain top, so that we can grow.
Guess what, we have to travel through valleys to still get to the other mountain.
So while we are traveling through places we may not want to go, just remember they are
just places, and God needs us in the places we might not want to be.
You never know who we will meet along the way.
Oh the places we go….

 The Lord is my shepherd. He gives me everything I need.
He lets me lie down in fields of green grass.
He leads me beside quiet waters.
He gives me new strength.
He guides me in the right paths
for the honor of his name.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid.
You are with me.
Your shepherd’s rod and staff
comfort me.
You prepare a feast for me
right in front of my enemies.
You pour oil on my head.
My cup runs over.
I am sure that your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life.
And I will live in the house of the Lord

Psalm 23

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