There is an old Rich Mullins song I like called “Step by Step.” In the chorus he sings, “And step by step You’ll lead me, and I will follow you all of my days.”
Some days that is exactly all we can do, take one step at a time. When life begins to overwhelm you, it may be necessary to first catch your breath and then determine that you will get through this but it may be in steps. Forget the leaps and bounds. You are holding onto the tiny steps.
It reminds me of the game “Green Light, Red Light.” Your back is to the person behind you and when you say “green light” they begin to move toward you but when you say “red light” they have to stop. The person who is moving behind you will sometimes take big steps but then other times they take small steps.
It also reminds me of the verses in Psalm 17:4-5 (The Message) that say, “I’m staying on your trail; I’m putting one foot in front of the other. I’m not giving up.”
There are times in life when all we really do is put one foot in front of the other. We don’t understand, we are confused, we are disappointed or discouraged. But the point is that we keep moving and we don’t do it alone. We have the Lord by our side.
The past couple of weeks in my family have been like that. There has just been a lot going on. Some of it is just the normal “stuff” of living in a home with teenagers. And some of it is the “extra stuff” that sometimes gets dumped on us. When you put it all together, it can feel very overwhelming.
So I have purposed that I won’t try to run ahead. I won’t try to move farther or faster than I can. I will take it one step at a time but I also won’t give up. Because I know I am not walking alone.
Whatever your situation is, remember that sometimes it’s just one step at a time.