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Every Step of the Way

I didn’t have a choice.  It was straight up—a loooong way up!  A ladder of sorts was built into the vertical side of this wadi and our group was exiting that way.  With others climbing up before me and right behind, I couldn’t look up or down.   I just had to focus on one step at a time.  If anyone had told me that morning what I’d have to do that day, I might have tried to beg off.  But as it is, I learned a valuable lesson that day in Israel about God’s provision of strength and courage every step of the way.

Wadi Zin 1

Each morning as consciousness dawns on me, I greet the Lord with thanks for sleep and for the newness of another day.  Then I mentally review my plans for the day while acknowledging that He may have some surprises in store to be meted out along with the grace to handle them. 

I’m reminded of a simple song my mother taught me as a child:

Step by step I’ll follow Jesus
Hour by hour I’m in his care
Day by day He walks beside me
Through the years I know He’s there.
He can still the mighty tempest
He can calm the troubled sea
He the waters trod, He’s the Son of God
He’s the One who always walks with me!
                                              (author unknown)

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Musings on a Mountain Trail

We took a two-hour nature hike the other day.  It was gorgeous but tough, too.  At times it seemed like the trail must end at the top of a hill or at a rock face—but we had confidence it would continue and it would be okay.  Why?

1)  This trail was designed and maintained (to some degree) by a reputable resort.

2)  We could see the footprints of others who had gone that way recently.  In fact, we’d gotten a recommendation of that trail from friends who were just leaving as we arrived.

3)  My husband was with me, to give me a hand in the more treacherous places.

The spiritual applications should be obvious.  Smile

Photos of hiking

And as we went, a song kept cycling through my head:

Footprints of Jesus

Sweetly, Lord, have we heard Thee calling,
Come, follow Me!
And we see where Thy footprints falling
Lead us to Thee.

Refrain:
Footprints of Jesus,
That make the pathway glow;
We will follow the steps of Jesus
Where’er they go.

Then at last when on high He sees us,
Our journey done,
We will rest where the steps of Jesus
End at His throne.

 

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