Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21
Caleb’s breath came in short, quick gasps as he maneuvered his way up the steep slope. He had fallen behind the rest of the group and could only hear their words. There was not a glimpse of them in sight. Standing at the bottom of that hill earlier it didn’t look so bad. In fact he thought it would be a piece of cake. Now well into the hike, Caleb wasn’t sure.
The trek had taken a lot longer than he expected and there were twists and turns and obstacles every step of the way. The underbrush was much thicker than he thought it would be and the boulders were much larger. Maybe this wasn’t such a good idea. He knew what lay at the top of that hill – one of the most breathtaking panoramas of the lake below. And he knew there was shade, lunch and a refreshing dip in a crystal clear pool of water waiting for him. But now, with only bushes and brambles surrounding him, that vision just didn’t seem to be enough.
You made a way through the sea and paths through the deep waters. But your footprints were not seen. Psalm 77:19 (ICB)
He heard the other hikers’ happy voices as he sat down to rest. His goal seemed unreachable today. It would be much easier just to turn around and go back down than to keep going toward something he couldn’t see and wasn’t even sure he wanted anymore. Just then he heard his best friend hollering for him. “Caleb, my man. Where are you? You have GOT to see this.” Caleb couldn’t see his friend but he heard his voice. “Just keep going, Caleb. You are SO close. Just take one more step.”
Caleb told himself one more step wasn’t that bad. So he took that step and then one more and then one more and then one more. Within four steps, he had reached the top of the hill. He was greeted by a hug from his best friend, a cold drink of water and the knowledge that he had done it by taking just one step at a time.
“The Lord your God will drive those nations out ahead of you little by little.” Deuteronomy 7:22a (NLT)
One more step. -What if that is all that is separating you from the thing you pray for – a family made whole again by the power of God? Wouldn’t you take that one step? This trail may have been filled with obstacles and setbacks but you have come this far. What if just one more step would make it all worthwhile? What if just one more prayer for Mom or Dad is the one that puts you over the top? It would be a shame for you to have taken all those steps and then miss the very last one.
Make every effort to take that one more step. It may not be the one that gets you there but what about the one after that? If you keep taking one more step, moving ahead as God guides you, stepping out in faith and trust, eventually you will arrive. And when you take that final step, you will be glad you persevered.
C’mon, you can take one more step. You can pray one more prayer for Dad or one more prayer for Mom. You can show them unconditional love one more time. You can go the extra mile and pour out the extra measure one more time. You can do it. Take just one more step.
When a man’s steps follow the Lord, God is pleased with his ways. If he stumbles, he will not fall, because the Lord holds his hand. Psalm 37:23-24 (ICB)
Kim, a stander in Nebraska
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