…Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
1 Peter 2:21 (NIV)
I have been thinking about how Jesus leads me a step at a time. He shows me or shows my husband a vision of the goal or mission but He does not give us the whole plan. He does not give me, personally more than one step at a time. If Jesus is giving Henry more than one step, He is also telling him to keep them under wraps!
I believe Jesus only gives me one step because He knows me. He knows that if He gave me several steps I would try to tweak them â€“ just to give it a little more efficiency or improve it a bit! SO â€“ Jesus wisely tells me only one step!
Since I only know one step, Jesus is building my trust level, isn’t He? I do not know what is around the bend on this journey I am on so I trust Jesus to bring me through whatever mountain or moat I am about to encounter. I know that nothing takes Him by surprise so Jesus knows the route I need to take through this obstacle. I may not know all these events but I do know how the story is going to end.
The one step journey also increases my prayer life as I want to build my spiritual muscles for the journey at hand. Any concerns (that’s another word for worry), questions, even fears, I take to Jesus to sift through the emotions and bring the truth to my mind. Conversations with Jesus happen at any time, day or night, and bring me to the place where I am ready for the next step.
Do I step with joy? Do I step with thanksgiving? Is my step firm or tentative? Do I march like a soldier or do I drag my feet? Ouch.
- Your testimonies are wonderful, therefore my soul keeps them.
- The entrance of your words gives light. It gives understanding to the simple.
- I opened my mouth wide and panted, for I longed for your commandments.
- Turn to me, and have mercy on me, as you always do to those who love your name.
- Establish my footsteps in your word. Donâ€™t let any iniquity have dominion over me.
- Psalm 119:129-133 (WEB)