251. No First Step, No Journey

“Stan,” I said, “you seem to have a pretty good handle on what you are supposed to be doing for and with God.  Is that a fair statement?”

“Well,” Stan replied, “I think it is fairly fair at this point in my life,” he said with a smile, “but it certainly wasn’t always the case.”

Continuing, he said, “You’re familiar with the expression about the longest journey only begins with a fist step.  It took me a long time to take that first step.”

“Why?”

“I was afraid of stepping in the wrong direction and starting on a journey God did not intend for me.  So I did nothing, considering it was better to be safe than sorry.”

“However,” Stan continued, “God soon made it clear that without stepping out I was never going to get where He intended for me to be.”

“No first step, no journey!” I responded.

“Yes and no,” Stan replied.  “By just sitting there doing nothing, I was on a self-defined journey, just being carried along by what I thought was best.  God showed me that is not what He had in mind and that He wasn’t worried about whether I would step out and fall down, as long as I got back up.”

“Did you step out and fall down?”

“Many times,” Stan replied.  “My walk with God was clearly not a straight path, and I am not sure it was or is intended to be a straight path.”

“It seems to me,” Stan continued, “that there are a lot of things God has for me to see about His will for me, that I can see a whole lot clearer if I take the first step, then the second, knowing that if the third is not in accord with His will He will make that clear.”

“For me,” Stan then said, “it was better to take small steps, little by little, being guided by God.  Over the years, I have seen several people who thought they knew what God had for them to do.  They took off running in the direction they thought best, ran into a brick wall, fell down, and never got back up.”

“It is not about how many times you fall down, it is about how many times you get back up.”

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For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.  Ephesians 2:10.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, that you have work for me to do for you.  You know how many times I have been reluctant to step out and seek what you have for me to do because I was afraid I would make a mistake.  Please, Lord, forgive all of that reluctance.  And please lead me in all you have for me to be doing for you.  Lead and help me to follow you, rather than leading myself.  Please, Lord, fill me with the trust, faith, and confidence I need to know that you will guide me.  I may take steps in a direction you do not intend, but I know you will lead me back to your path as I am open to following.  Thank you I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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