Life is complicated, isn’t it?
There is always so much going on. There is so much to be and so much to do. My to do list is long and my days seems short. I want to live life purposefully. I want to follow God’s perfect plan for my life, but sometimes I get so caught up in the little mundane details of life, that I forget exactly what that purpose is. And I don’t know if I ever got the plan.
Because surely there is a big purpose. I know He has a plan. Surely following God is more than these little steps I’ve been taking. It is suppose to be filled with lots of really big leaps, isn’t it?
For weeks and even months, I’ve been praying for direction and a clear path in some things. I’ve been diligently seeking God because I NEED to know what His specific plan for me is. I’ve been praying and really studying His word because He is moving in my life right now and I really want to be on board. I want to follow exactly where He is leading. Except I’m not one hundred percent sure how that actually looks, or maybe even exactly what I’m suppose to be doing if I am on board. I’m not even really sure exactly where He is taking me. It’s complicated. You know?
I’ve got a lot going on, like most of us do, so I’ve really been praying for a big blinking neon sign to just point me to right where He needs me. I’ve basically said to God, “You show me exactly where to go and tell me exactly what to do God, and I’m there! I’m ready for some big leaps! I’m your girl. Just point me in the right direction! Show me the plan, Lord, and let’s do this thing.”
But, I haven’t seen that big blinking neon sign. He hasn’t exactly given me the plan. I’ve had some leaps, but I’m not leaping all of the time.
Instead I’ve seen a lot of smaller (and yes, sometimes bigger) opportunities every day, in every moment, to make choices that honor Him. I’ve had opportunities to trust and opportunities to praise. I’ve had opportunities to seek Him. I’ve been given choices to do my own thing or do things that would bring Him glory instead.
These steps aren’t huge. Sometimes they aren’t even that big. These steps are often just little steps of faith towards Him. I’m definitely not always leaping.
Here is the crazy thing. Here is the part I sometimes miss. Looking back over these last weeks and months, even years, I have been walking the whole time. I’ve been making progress. Those steps have added up to a pretty decent walk of faith.
With each choice and every opportunity, I’ve been taking steps down His path. There wasn’t a big blinking neon sign, but He still managed to point me down the path He’s chosen for me. In those little steps, I’ve been walking down it without really even realizing it.
I’ve had opportunities to be a better wife, mom, friend, servant, and follower of Christ. I probably haven’t always made the best choice, but for the most part, He’s been keeping me on track. We’ve been walking along together and we’ve come a long way.
That shows me something. That shows me that maybe following God isn’t always these big, huge leaps of faith. Sometimes it is and that’s awesome. I had a few of those moments and they are truly amazing! Following God isn’t always that complicated. More often that not, it seems like following God is the act of choosing to honor Him with each step along our journey. It’s choosing to love Him, praise Him, glorify Him, and serve Him in the little moments, in the little choices, and in each step along the way. It’s really pretty easy.
When I stop to glance back at those steps I’ve been taking, I see that clear path that He has set me on. I may not have the map, or know exactly where I’m going, but I know that if I just keep taking purposeful steps toward Him, He will take me where He wants me.
He is so good to us. He makes it so easy to follow Him. He may be asking you to take a big huge leap of faith. If he is, sweet sister, jump into His mighty arms! Those faith leaps are beautiful!
Be mindful, though, that often He is calling us to just take steps toward Him every day with every decision and every choice that we make. He takes those little steps and multiplies them into a walk, a journey, that brings Him honor and glory. Before we know it, we’ve come pretty far. Hand in hand with our Father, we’ve been walking quite a long way! Be encouraged! It has been steady progress and those little steps have really added up over time. He makes it that easy sweet friend, so just keep on stepping!
Love and blessings,