Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Taking the Stairs – My Love of Steps

I Love Steps.

Spiral staircases, stone steps, and steps of a forest walk all make me think of a journey, a path to somewhere. Something yearns within me at the sight of them—at the same time, they make me anxious.

There are good steps and bad steps—at least that’s how I remember it growing up. Our side porch had two sets of stairs leading into the house. The “bad steps” were steep without a railing. Either steps took us where we needed to go but you took a chance using the “bad steps” whenever the weather was icy or using them after dark.

Taking the Stairs

How do I know where the steps will lead?  Do I take the risk? Will they be “bad steps” or good ones?

Any journey has risks. Planning helps but often we discover that we can’t plan for every bend in the staircase. Taking a step requires faith—trusting that the destination is part of the plan. The steps, whether good or bad, will get us there.

Stepping out to follow God is like that. Life’s staircase may have some bad steps along the way, but God is there, leading us and helping to navigate them.

[Just to clarify] I’m not talking about many different ways to Heaven; I mean walking through whatever life has for us as we trust God for the journey.

Getting to Heaven means taking the way Jesus provided through His death and resurrection—to purchase our eternity with His blood. It means taking His path of grace—free and undeserved—given out of love.

Our life is a journey to eternity, given so we can find God. (Click to Tweet)

Once we take the narrow path, our destination is sure. And when the steps seem scary we know He travels with us.

Photo by Jeanne Doyon 2014
God told Abraham to “Go to the place I will show you” in Genesis 12:1. No itinerary—just trust and obey. The journey is all about dependence on God and fostering a relationship with Him.
There’s Always a First Step

No matter what we do there is always a first step. First steps can lead to life or destruction, so we need to take it wisely.

Proverbs tells us, “The naive believes everything, but the sensible man considers his steps.” [Proverbs 14:15]

When we travel with the Lord and call upon His wisdom for our actions, He will lead one step at a time.

Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.”

Our life is like that – made up of steps.

Your first step will prepare you for the next. And you’ll find that the way will open once you have the faith to start moving.

What steps are before you today?



No matter what we do there is always a first step. (Click to tweet)

 The journey is about dependence on God and fostering a relationship with Him. (Click to tweet)

Throughout God’s Word of Truth, He Gives us Insight about our Steps…

For the LORD sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes. [Proverbs 5:21]

My steps have held fast to Your paths. My feet have not slipped. [Psalm 17:5]

The steps of a man are established by the LORD, And He delights in his way. [Psalm 37:23]

Our heart has not turned back, and our steps have not deviated from Your way. [Psalm 44:18]

When you walk, your steps will not be impeded; and if you run, you will not stumble. [Proverbs 4:12]

The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps. [Proverbs 16:9]

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  1. So true, Jeanne. The first steps are hard because they must be taken in faith. God rarely shows us the end of a path because He wants us to start the journey fully trusting in Hm.

  2. Yes, Sherry! Thanks for your comment. I can think of so many times I have held back because I didn't think I COULD DO IT!!
    When will I ever learn that it is HIS ability? He just asks me to trust Him

  3. Dear Jeanne,
    Love your pictures! As I read your article I realized how wonderful our steps are not our own in search of God but that Jesus goes with us. That is comfort and when ever the steps are treacherous, which will happen, He still goes with us. Regardless if the steps are bad, or challenging like the spiral staircase or easy as the path through the woods...He is with us. Thank you for the pictures which leave an impression in my mind. Thank you for this wonderful mesage of hope and comfort.

  4. Margie,
    It is so true. He takes every step with us--even ahead of us. Because He prepares the way for us to go. He is already there. What a comfort! Thank you for sharing your heart.


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