Monday, January 26, 2009

In Other Words Tuesday



Take the first step. I have a very good friend who went to law school as a single mom (of three!). To say that was difficult would be an understatement. I was blessed to be able to encourage her during those challenging days. One of the things I would tell her regularly was "do the first thing first". Law school won't be finished TODAY. The whole project doesn't have to be done TODAY.

Faith is like that. I'm not going to figure it all out. Likely EVER but most definitely not TODAY. I don't have to. As a matter of fact, I'm not supposed to. I just have to take the first step. Do the first thing.

It would probably not surprise anyone to hear that God and I have wrestled a bit lately. (Well, I've wrestled... I'm not quite sure what God's done but I'm fairly sure it's not wrestle back..). I am INCREDIBLY grateful to have been where I am on this faith journey as we walked the road with Seth. (I wouldn't be this far, if I hadn't taken the first step!). Sometimes, it feels like I've gone a little backward. Lately, I feel a little more insecure and lost than I used to. Sometimes, I can't see the first step, let alone the whole staircase. Do you know what I"m learning to do?

Take the first step. I'm praying, I'm leaning into God. I can NOT, as much as I want to, do this alone. And I absolutely can NOT climb the whole staircase. All I can do is move one foot forward, lift it a little and take the FIRST Step.

And you know what? That's all I have to do. I"m so grateful.

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9 comments:

Denise said...

Amen, well said sweetie.

Susan said...

Hi Kathryn,

This was really great! I loved your illustration.

I can't image the journey you are on, but I see the joy of the Lord carrying you, sustaining you and upholding you, one step at a time.

Even when we can't take that step, He's there to carry us!

Blessings to you♥

Laurie Ann said...

Praising God you took that first step and am trusting Him to help you with each step that follows. Great post!

Robynbeth said...

Beautiful, Kathryn, just beautiful, and I believe that is a true lesson for all of us.

Karen said...

I've been there too where I'm in a wrestling match with God. He just quitely stands by and sets me on my feet again to try that step of faith I needed to take in the first place. Thanks for sharing today.

Evil Twin's Wife said...

I'm glad you shared this today. I needed to hear it, myself.

Tami Boesiger said...

I'm sorry for your loss, Kathryn. I can't even imagine how painful it must be.

Your post reminds me of my favorite Elisabeth Eliot quote, "Do the next thing." It has gotten me through many a dark and trying day. You are definitely on the right track. Thanks for your example of having faith in the worst of circumstances.

KrazyKaren4Kidz said...

I will be there pushing your buns up the stairs--one at a time! Love ya'

Patricia said...

What a great way to put this week's quote into an image! I can visualize in my own life the steps, one by one. No skipping up two or three...

Thank you for a great reminder of Who it is that takes our hands and guides from one step to the next.