Deb’s New Knee – Her First Steps

Just yesterday morning my wife, Deb got a new knee. The surgeon said everything went well. I thank God. I am thankful for medical advances which give us hope again of taking long walks together in a few months. But don’t be mistaken, her journey to wellness is not going to be quick. She is in a lot of pain but she took a step on that new knee only a few hours after the surgery. Painful as it was, evidenced by the grimaces and groans, it was a step.

A tiny step.

A step forward.

A step toward the future.

I’ll leave it to her to write or talk about the pain and what it was like to take that first step. I’ve not earned the right to speak from experience so I won’t. Observing her first few brave steps, however, helped me to see something worth pondering. The proverb is true that a journey of many miles begins with the first step.

The thing that came through to me today was that the first step is mostly…..and perhaps always coupled with pain. The therapists at the hospital tell Deb that the steps will slowly but surely become less painful. The destination of less painful steps can only be reached by walking through the more painful ones.

Oh yeah…did I mention that Deb’s first step on her new knee was made possible by people supporting her on both sides? And that she was getting lot’s of affirmations? And she was allowed to be honest about how painful it was? Maybe that’s why we grow faint and fail to move forward. We assume that it’s not God’s will that we move forward because we are experiencing pain or we mistakenly think we should be able to do things on our own without the help of others. And we don’t provide enough encouragement to those who are venturing forth in those first steps to spiritual growth.

While sitting with Deb at the hospital, I read Erwin Raphael McManus’ provocative book entitled Chasing Daylight. It’s about taking steps of faith moment to moment. McManus insists that the journey never ends. He challenges us to rise to our feet to begin our next journey.

Don’t just accept the challenge, embrace it.

Take the first step, even if it hurts.

Trust God and go where He bids you go.

It’s your future with God….but you have to be willing to move toward it.

As long as we are given to heeding the call of God, He will accompany us through every stage of our life. In one section McManus says,

“Do not be surprised that what God asked of you yesterday is insufficient for your journey of faith today.”

In other words, our journey with God is never ending. And all journeys begin with the first step.

By the way………

If someone finds a different path to advancement that doesn’t involve pain, please e-mail me at I’ 🙂

(Wait…..Don’t e-mail this….I’m just being cute—Who knows what would really be at that address anyway)

P.S. As I post this to my blog, Deb has walked down the hall and back. And looking closely I could see intermittent……between each grimace….the smile of anticipation of yet another of God’s great adventures begun with one single step.

About Gary Cleveland

An old chunk of coal waiting to become a diamond some day. I spend the bulk of my time focused on spiritual development. I teach, preach and stand by the hurting and wounded. I believe our heavenly Father offers us daily opportunities to discover who we are and what we can yet become. I serve as a bringer of good news in and around the city of Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
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3 Responses to Deb’s New Knee – Her First Steps

  1. David Hartman says:


    Good to hear the Princess is doing pretty well. Did she ask the doctor to save her old knee so we could have it as a mascot at camp or something?

    Made it home OK, but I have a bad ear infection, so I’m headed to the doctor today for an antibiotic.

    Bill Kinzer has a new blog you might want to link to…

  2. Anonymous says:

    Blessings to both of you. Tell Debbie we’ve been thinking about her and hoping the first phase of being a bionic woman had gone well.

    – Robin and Linda

  3. David Hartman says:

    Robin and Linda Williams?

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