"One step at a time, sister. That's the only way you're going to make it. Take it easy."
Those were the wise words I overheard as I was climbing up the stairs to go to a prayer meeting a few years back. I couldn't help but turn around to see who was speaking. A man was encouraging an older lady who seemed to have a foot injury. She was slowly making her way up the staircase, step by step.
Even though the comment wasn't directed at me, it stuck with me.
Yes, that's how I'll get to where God is taking me. Not all at once, but little by little. One step of faith after another.
If you are anything like me, you may be tempted to run up the stairs. Or better yet, to tackle two or three steps at a time. But friend, have you noticed that God is not in a hurry?
We may not understand God's divine timetable, but there's no use fighting Him on it. His timing is perfect.
In order to make it to the top step, we must keep climbing. Keep persevering. And like the woman behind me who must have eventually made it to the final step, we just have to keep moving forward.
Rest if you must. Take it slowly if you need to. But don't get overwhelmed by the journey. Keep walking, knowing that the Lord is with you. His grace truly is sufficient, and His strength is made perfect in our weaknesses.
You will make it!
If the journey has you winded in any way right now, remember to keep leaning on Jesus. Do you hear Him? He's saying, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light" (Matt. 11:28-30).
Nancy Gavilanes is an author, speaker, life coach and evangelist who has a passion to encourage people as they walk by faith and live their God-given dreams. She is the author of Waiting on God Well: How to Prevent Breaking Down on Your Way to Your Breakthrough as well as By Faith, Crossing Your Jordan River and Abounding Faith. Nancy is the host of the "Abounding Faith for Today Podcast" on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts and PodBean. Nancy has a master's degree in journalism from New York University and has spoken to various groups, including to Christians working at the United Nations, students at Nyack College, and has given her brief testimony at her home church, Times Square Church. Connect with Nancy at AboundingFaith.com or on Twitter. Sign up for Abounding Faith's mailing list and get a free "4 Steps to Living Your God-Given Dreams" worksheet PDF.
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