That First StepThursday, January 16, 2014
|Pacific Crest Trail|
But, something held us back. What was it? Fear of the unknown? Fear that we lacked ability? Fear of taking chances and stepping away from what we knew to enter into something unfamiliar? Yes, it was all of those things. So, how did we go from passive observers to active participants? We took that proverbial first step.
We just did it.
When we took that first step, we didn't know what would face us on the trail. We didn't even know if we would reach the end of it. There might be obstacles we would face. We might become tired and weary.
Or, we might experience beauty we had never seen before and satisfaction and exhilaration in accomplishment. However, we would never know unless we started the trail. We had to believe that if we could take one step, we could take another and then once moving we would know our way.
Have you ever needed to make a choice and asked God to reveal to you which way to go, only to not quite be sure of His answer? We often sense His leading in one direction but are afraid we might be hearing Him incorrectly. We do all the right things: We seek Him in prayer, in His word and we keep our heart tuned to Him. But still, we are afraid. We seem to lack the courage to make the decision because we don’t have all the details figured out. But, as Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."
Once that first step is taken, as we continue to listen to God, He will show us if we should take another. He’ll guide us one way or the other and make the path clear.
saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’” (Isaiah 30:21)
We don’t need to have all the answers right up front or have the all the details figured out in order to follow God. We just need to continue to seek Him, take that first step of faith and then follow Him along the path.