Next Steps

My boys are starting 1st grade today.  One day last week, we had been talking about school starting back and they had gotten excited about it.  However, later that evening, Joshua called me into his room.  Through tears, he said, “Mom I’m not ready for 1st grade.”  I assured him he was more than ready.  I began to encourage him by recalling all the things he had learned in kindergarten and how he had passed with very good grades.  I also reminded him he was my brave little boy and he could do anything with Jesus by his side.

After a bit, it seemed to make him feel better and he stopped crying.  In my mind, I tried to figure out what had brought that on.  Then I attempted to see this big transition through his little eyes.  God reminded me of times when He had asked me to move up to a different level, make a change that took me out of my comfort zone, or take a step of faith out into the unknown.  During many of those transitions, I realized I had been that scared little child crying and saying, “I’m not ready for this.”  However, my loving Father would not have instructed me to do any of these things if He had not first prepared me for the next leg of the journey. 

stepsSometimes it’s hard for us to see what big plans God has in store for us using our small vision.  There will be times when the direction may not even make sense in our minds.  However, it should be comforting to know our Heavenly Father has gone before us and made a way.  He knows what lies ahead even when we can’t see it.  He cares for us and would never send us into something without preparing us beforehand.  I am thankful for the times I stepped out in faith, even when I had to do it afraid.  I can look back now and see how far God has brought me, and I realize His mercy and grace carried me when I couldn’t see the next step. 

The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in Him.  Psalm 37:23 (NIV)

I would like to encourage you to hold on to this promise for yourself and your children.  Teach them about how God orders our steps but more importantly teach them how to delight in Him.  Help them to always remember He provides the strength we need to continue our journey.

 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)