>Step By Step

>Sometimes I think of Abraham
How one star he saw had been lit for me
He was a stranger in this land
And I am that, no less than he
And on this road to righteousness
Sometimes the climb can be so steep
I may falter in my steps
But never beyond Your reach

And I will follow You all of my days
And I will follow You all of my days
And step by step You’ll lead me
And I will follow You all of my days
And I will follow You all of my days
And I will follow You all of my days

This is the last verse and chorus from a song we sang in church on Sunday titled “Sometimes By Step” by Rich Mullins. This is one of my favorite songs for a lot of reasons, but this week I enjoyed it a bit more than usual. I think that’s because it’s been stuck in my head nonstop for roughly an entire week. You see, as the tune runs through my head for this long it makes me think more deeply about what the words themselves are saying. In this case, the chorus caught my brain and helped me to realize something.

I realized that God is indeed leading us through our lives (you can thank Captain Obvious for that astute observation later…). BUT, the thing is that we are not always diligent children following along behind. In fact, most times we are more like headstrong kids wanting to go where we want, when we want and how we want to get there. But even in those cases God is leading us, albeit from behind. A great illustration of this is that of a parent trying to lead their young child by placing a hand on their head or shoulder to direct the child’s steps (or at least try to). Regardless of whether He’s in front or behind, God’s leading our steps and we in turn are following.

The other thing is that although we may stumble and fall, we are never beyond God’s reach. When leading from the front, I see Him wheeling around to catch us in His arms and scoop us up into a loving, comforting embrace. If it’s an occasion where He’s leading from behind, I have a mental picture of Him grabbing us either by the back of the shirt or around the chest to protect us from the full impact of whatever consequence may await. Helping us to suffer the skinned knee rather than the broken bone.


~ by pe2nia1 on September 6, 2010.

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