My Voice, His Instrument…Oh! The Places You’ll Go
The word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 1:4-8
“Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away… Out there things can happen and frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you. And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll start happening too. Oh! The Places You’ll Go! You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights! You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.” Oh! The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss
This year has been an incredible year for me. On my mission trip to Ghana, I found my voice. Actually it started a few years before, yet this year when I finally stepped out in faith and let God have complete and absolute control of my life, my voice emerged. In Ghana, I shared my testimony and presented workshops on self-esteem as a part of the Divine Women’s Empowerment Conference. There my voice became His instrument.
When I was younger, I used to be loud. Everywhere I went people commented on how loud I was. I took note, but never really changed until my freshman year in college when I heard it from all of my new friends. Slowly one day, in an effort to fit in, I became quieter. But something ironic happened. Occasionally, people will ask me when I am talking, why am I whispering. I no longer even realize when I am speaking low. It is an unconscious, but learned response. That has also been the story of my life. Somewhere along the way, I have muted myself. I have muted the glory that God Himself breathed into me. My power, my beauty, my intelligence, and my strength; all things I have at one point in my life, down played. I am these things not by my own hand, but because of the hand of God. Yet for years, I acted and behaved less than I was. Are you doing the same?
In this scripture, Jeremiah attempted to act less than he was. He attempted to make an excuse for why he could not do nor be the person God created Him to be. There was only one problem. He was giving excuses to the one who created Him to be more. Are you behaving as Jeremiah and portraying yourself as being less than what you are?
I would know the answers in class, yet I would not answer them. I tend to remain quiet in group (outside of my close circle) conversations in order to not dominate the conversation and to diminish myself as well. I intentionally lessen myself so that others may stand out. Yet that is a disservice as I deny the God in me and I belittle the God in them. When I do this I am not allowing others to be better or allowing myself to grow. Yet that is what this ministry, the “Great Is” devotionals are about. “Great Is” is about the greatness of God; it is about showing my mistakes on my journey, but also challenging each of you on yours. Iron sharpens iron (Proverbs 27:17).
In Ghana, I finally found the last octave of my voice. But it was an experience that I never would have had if I did not allow God to be in control; if I did not finally believe I was exactly who God created me to be. Never again will I diminish myself because I recognize by doing so I diminish God. The same goes for each of you. God has whispered something to your spirit; a dream or a vision that He wants you to fulfill. And you may think you don’t have what it takes, you may erroneously believe that you aren’t good enough, but I say today that if you are made in His image (and you are), you are not only good enough, you are Great enough.
So, my fellow brothers and sister in Christ, if you would allow me to, I would like to share with you two valuable lessons I learned this year. First, “He’s able!” More than you can imagine, God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all you can ask or think (Eph. 3:20). The next would be “Oh, the places you’ll go” when you let God have control of your life and your destiny. Jeremiah learned these lessons, may you as well.