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.
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,
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’mABigWimp.com. 🙂