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Posted on: 7-15-112014

My ten month old grandson has recently started taking a few steps at a time.  We are all so excited and spend a great deal of time watching him practice his new skill.  When he takes a few steps and falls down, we clap and cheer for him and he just flashes us the biggest grin.  We applaud every effort he makes.  When he falls down, we simply pick him up, hug him, help him get his balance, and encourage him to do it all over again.  We would never think of condemning him for falling or for only being able to take a step or two.  We know this is new territory for him and he has not mastered this milestone just yet.  In much the same way, God watches us as we take new “steps” of faith.  We can find ourselves in new territory that we have not yet mastered. Our new territory may be a new job, the death of a loved one, a broken marriage, health problems, or anything that takes us out of our comfort zone.  Our steps are very unsure and we can fall down more than we can stand when we encounter these new situations.  However, we can rest assured that God is standing by watching us as we take each step in faith.  He applauds our efforts and praises every victory.  When we fall down (and we will), He doesn’t condemn us for falling.  Instead, He gently picks us up, dusts us off, helps us to regain our balance, and encourages us to take another step.  He knows our steps of faith are a work in progress and He patiently and lovingly guides us each moment of the way.

“For this is God, Our God forever and ever; He will be our Guide even to death.”  Psalm 48:14

First Steps

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