Not long ago I was chosen to sing the tenor voice in a duet to be performed with the choir at our church. My duet partner and I practiced our parts separately, each with our own CD, for weeks before we arranged to practice together.
On the evening that we met to practice, we decided to go for a drive and practice along the way. This solved the problem of our possibly getting interrupted by my kids or feeling embarrassed by eavesdroppers.
It was a great experience, actually! As I drove through the darkness, I could tell that her confidence was growing with each subsequent time we practiced.
Then, when we pulled back into the driveway at my house, we spent a few minutes in prayer, asking the Lord to help us, to keep our voices clear, to keep us from stage fright, to help us sing for Him alone.
(There’s something so special about praying with another believer. Somehow God comes down and brings a harmony that does not have to be sung or played but that can be felt in the depths of our hearts.)
During the numerous times I had practiced, both alone and with my new buddy, the Lord kept on speaking to me through the same line, over and over again.
“Wherever He leads I’ll go. Wherever He leads I’ll go…”
When I was younger, I always thought of this as going to a place, to whatever place God would lead me. (Like He would lead me to a mission field, a house, a job, and that would be that.)
But as I sang this time, it was as though God was asking me, “Wherever? What about taking your mom to her cataract surgery and helping put in the eye drops? Will you go wherever willingly?”
It was as though He was asking if I would daily willingly do the overwhelming tasks that He has laid across my path these last few months.
There have been times where I have complained about the difficulty of the tasks, and this cataract surgery and the thought of having to go do the eye drops multiple times per day had me feeling like I just couldn’t go on.
I told Him that yes, I would do it.
But I would need Him to help me.
And He will. And He does. And He has.
I need to stop trying to be the chauffeur of my life. I need to let God take the wheel and take me where He wants me to go. Every day.
And, as long as I let Jesus be the chauffeur of my life, even as we move faster than I’d like down the darkened highways and country roads of known and unknown difficulties that lie ahead of me, I choose to sing harmony with Him, to dwell in Him, to stop the complaining already, and to let Him lead the way and give me wisdom and strength to do the things He has called me to do.
I need His help. I can’t do it on my own. But when I yield to Him and spend time with Him in prayer, He draws near and lovingly brings His light to my very thoughts, to turn them in the direction they should go. He takes away my fear and dread and gives me the confidence I need. “What time I am afraid, I will trust in (Him).” Psalm 56:3
Life is not so overwhelming when I’m “singing” a duet in harmony with His word. He already knows His part; I need a lot of practice.
Here is a link to the lyrics of the song, “Wherever He Leads I’ll Go”: http://www.angelfire.com/nf/music4christ/t-z/whereverheleadslyrics.html
Are you willing to go wherever God leads you? What difficulties has He brought you through? Aren’t you glad He’s such a good driver and that He always knows the way?! Feel free to share in the comment section below. I’d love to hear from you.
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