Wednesday, January 21, 2009


I have been thinking a lot about steps lately - and the many different type of steps we take in our live. We have our first time rolling over, crawling steps, first steps, dance steps, skiing steps, and the list goes on and on.

This week I finally got out skiing with Sierra. For Christmas we got her a pair of cross-country skis, and we finally had the snow and not so cold weather where we went into the front yard and skied around a little bit. After about 10 minutes she said - Daddy, can we go down to the place with all the trails and ski there? I loved it, and we will be going there next week if the weather holds.

For me it was a great joy to watch her start to learn how to take the first steps (and I use the term loosely with the skis) and watch her progress so quickly on them. It took a while to figure out how to not cross her tips, and turning is still a problem, but over all she had a blast and did a great job.

We all take different steps in our lives. Sometimes these steps are scary and involving leaving something we know behind, such as moving from crawling to walking. And other times, they are steps that propel us into the future with joy and excitement. One thing I noticed is that the steps we take always seem a little bit easier when we take them with someone by our side.

And that is the great joy of our God. He has already taken all the steps we take in his life, even he step into death. So he knows the paths we are walking and is taking those steps with us as well - always there to be the one who catches us when we stumble or fall.

So may you be blessed as you take different steps in your life. May you be reassured that you are not taking these steps alone. And may you always step out, taking a chance, and know that God is there to catch you.

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