Take the First Step

A few days ago, I overheard part of a conversation that got me thinking about taking necessary action, especially when we don’t have everything planned out.

A woman near me was on the phone explaining to a family member that she wasn’t going to do anything about some issue that had just come up until she knew exactly what to do and had every single step planned out.

I had to quietly laugh inside. Isn’t that what everyone wants? We want everything to be easy to predict and fix. We want all the answers and solutions neatly presented to us before we take action. But life doesn’t work that way.

Yes, we should form a “tentative” plan but we need to hold onto it loosely. After this, we have to take action. The instant we make our first move, things can—and often do—change from what we expected to happen.

Once things change, our preset plans go out the window, and we have to continue moving forward in faith for the answers that we need. Oftentimes, the things we had “planned” to do wouldn’t have worked out and the adjustments we have to make midcourse work in our favor.

As Martin Luther King, Jr said, “Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” The Lord has already gone before us and made a way. However, that path is often hidden from our natural eyes until we take that first step, and our act of faith begins to illuminate the next step of our journey.

Our job is to have the faith to take the first step into the unknown because we know the one who holds our future is faithful.

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