10.10.2010

Life Steps

I love the mountains! It so much fun to go on a hike to a mountain top (not the highest one, of course), and explore what only a few brave people will see. Big blue sky, shimmery lakes, wild flowers, and trees, trees, trees everywhere! I could live on that mountain top . . . at least until winter.

All those breath-taking hikes didn’t come without a price, though. The uphill climb most of the time is rough going on uneven, rocky ground. It can be tiring enough to make me wish we could just leap to the top in a single jump. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. I’m human, not Superman.

Our lives are a lot like a mountain hike. Challenging things come up and we would just love to put on our super-hiker gear and leap to our mountain top. But what’s required of us isn’t a leap – just a trail of consistent, faithful steps.

Psalm 37:23 says, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his way.”

God delights in a relaxed, worry-free hike. That’s why I Corinthians 5:7 says that we “walk by faith and not by sight” (italics added). The hike through life is made up of steps of faith, not gigantic leaps that send us falling and tripping to our desired destination. We think we know the path, but in reality, we really need some “ordering,” a lamp to guide our way.

Psalm 119:105 is God’s idea of trail guide, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

A lamp – or flashlight – doesn’t shine all the way to the other end of the trail. It gives just enough light to take the next step. Just the same, God directs our lives by His Word – one step at a time. It’s a matter of faith. Do we trust Him enough to obey His last instruction before moving on to the next step? His promise is that He will get us to our destination safe and sound. His steps won’t lead us to our demise; they’ll lead us our success!