When you look at these stepping stones what do you see? Are you thinking what if I slip? What if the stretch to cross to the next rock is too far for you to reach? ( I have short legs so yes, that would be on my mind.) All those “what if’s” take over and consume you which in return you find yourself having an anxiety attack and doubting your ability to successfully cross over to each stone. Self-doubt is an enemy in our lives. Even though the journey across this path on the water may be intimidating because you have no idea what is at the end of the stone’s path. You have to take one step at a time and have faith in yourself that you can and will make it to the end and the path will lead you to dry land.
I’m giving you a visionary here. In our life, we have to take baby steps in our journeys. We don’t know what lies ahead of us but we do see a path. If this was something I stumbled upon on a long walk by myself or with a loved one, I most likely would be thinking ummm… safety? Did I wear the right shoes for this? Perhaps this would be good for you and your spouse.
Look at it this way, you see ahead many different rocks of all sizes. We see flat, rough, smooth, inclines and slippery slopes. That is our walk in life. We may be intimated but we know that for as long as we place our faith in God on our walk through life, we can accomplish anything we are faced with. We are not alone.
It may be painful when you’re on a rough patch and downslide slope, but remember it is for just a bit, a season in your life. God is always with you whether alone or as a couple.
Eccl 13: 1 To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven…
Life doesn’t proceed in a linear fashion; it moves in seasons – cyclical rhythms. Different responses are needed in different seasons.
3 For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
The next time you are facing a hardship in your life for a season and you go for a walk to just get away either alone or with a spouse, stop and pray that God speaks to you and leads you down the path you are to be on.
Matthew 7:13-14 (ESV)
13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy[a]that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
Enjoy that walk on the stones. Take in the peacefulness and quiet time alone or with one another. And if you’re a planner like me, wear safe shoes for hikes or rocks. I surrender all to the Lord knowing that each step I take in life it is He that is in full control and the navigator we just have to TRUST HIM during our Journey.