As a Christian, I am supposed to make it my goal to live according to the plans of God for my life. I suppose this makes sense, but there are some problems with it. Namely, knowing exactly what those plans are – and if they are specific or general – is a daunting task.
I’m always reading, listening, questioning in hopes that I’ll understand this whole process better. Everyone has an opinion, of course, and most of them are at least slightly different.
Recently I heard a great perspective on the following God issue: Just take the next step.
The image the speaker used was one of a father and child walking in the snow. The father strides ahead and says, “Follow me!” For a child, that first step looks pretty big. Following is sometimes more like leaping or flying. Still, he just says to follow.
My greatest weakness is when I see where Father isÂ – several steps ahead of me – and I try to find my own way to that spot. Instead of focusing my eyes directly on the step ahead of me, I decide I could probably make it to where he is a little faster if I cut this corner or skip that stretch. I forget that I’m being led in a particular pattern for a reason. I try to figure it out instead of just taking the next step. What if he bypassed that particular spot because there was a hidden ditch? What if he knows what he’s doing?
So these days when I look down that unseen path and I see a distant goal, instead of getting frustrated, I’m trying to remember to just take that next step. It feels scary sometimes and I don’t always know how it is going to get me to where I think I’m supposed to go, but it’s the only safe step to take if I believe I’m truly being led. And I do.
I guess that’s why I call myself a person of faith. Because I need some.