Do you consider yourself a follower of Jesus?  Then, in order to follow, we must first be willing to go.  So, where are you willing to go with your Lord Jesus?  As you embark on any new season of life, you may attempt to anchor yourself to the familiarity of the past.  Maybe severing ties with friends is required in this new season. Or maybe letting go of habits that are not longer fit for your calling will become necessary.  Are you willing to go into unfamiliar territory?  Would you be willing to go somewhere you never thought Jesus would ask you to go in order to experience a depth to your relationship with Him that you have never before experienced?

Perhaps  He will lead you deep into the wilderness of your heart.  He may decide that you need to let Him heal some old wounds and bind up some brokenness that you have tried to avoid over the years.  You may wonder why He would want you to go there with Him; after all, you’re getting along just fine, aren’t you?   But your shepherd Jesus would tell you that He came to “bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,” (Isa 61:1).  So, if He leads you into the wilderness of your heart, are you willing to go with Him?

Perhaps  He desires to lead you further down the road of your soul.  Have you surrendered everything to His Lordship?  Have you given Him every piece of your life or are you holding back?  There may be circumstances and situations in your life right now that don’t make sense, which seem overwhelming.  It is our human nature to question why God would allow certain things in our lives, and to wonder why we have to take a road that has so many twists and turns that we can’t see what is up ahead.  But your Savior Jesus would remind you to “trust in the Lord your God with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” (Prov 3:5-6)

Maybe, however, in this season, the Lord is going to lead you into the territory of your mind, your thoughts.  Our minds can be deserts in which we are faced with temptations of every kind.  There is the temptation to worry, to assume more than we should, and to let our opinions lead to judgment.  When Jesus was tempted in the desert, He used God’s Word as His weapon against the enemy and maybe that is exactly where He is leading you, too.  Our minds need to be saturated in God’s Word so that we will be ready to fight the battles He knows are coming against us.  Your Lord Jesus reminds you that “the mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.” (Rom 8:6)

Wherever you are destined to go in this season of life, the Lord has brought you here for a reason.  Don’t be afraid to follow Him into the wilderness of your heart or further down the road of your soul or even into the desert of your mind.  Life is more than just inevitable changes, it is a spiritual journey.  Your destination is “to Love the LORD our God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind.” (Mark 12:30)  Have you made your travel arrangements?  Then pack your bags and GO!

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