Small Steps and Godspeed
Here’s what I’ve realized lately: I am a big picture kind of girl. I call myself a visionary. I like do big crazy things that make people say, “you did WHAT??!”
Except when I try to do these big things on my own, or share these big dreams with someone, they just think I’m crazy.
Here is the biggest and most important life lesson I’ve learned since my last post:
Life is not about the big picture. God’s got the part about the big picture covered. Many times, our big picture is so dull compared to what he has in store for us.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3;20–21
Life is about next steps.
The next decision. The next action. Doing the next RIGHT thing.
So I’ve taken lots of baby steps lately. Little steps in the right direction. Giving a guy I recognized online a compliment. Introducing myself to this guy after church one Sunday. Downloading an app. Taking a class. Borrowing a shovel. Digging up dirt. Literally. Writing a thank you note. Writing lots of thank you notes. Sorting through paperwork. Asking a question. Asking lots of questions. Watching a YouTube video. Watching lots of YouTube videos.
At the end of the day, they turned out to be very BIG things. I mean VERY BIG things. I got married. We cash flowed a wedding and a honeymoon. I quit smoking (it has been 115 days since my last cigarette, and I’ve saved over $690 so far). We saved up for an emergency fund. We’ve worked out a budget that allows us to live on just 30% (successfully) while we pay down debt and student loans (cutting almost $60,000 in potential interest and 60 years of payments). I planted a garden and actually GREW things. EDIBLE things (TWICE! Yay for succession planting and that I now know what that actually means). I’ve helped a company nearly DOUBLE their revenue from last year (not chump change). They were able to make some significant changes as a result. I officially started my own company.
These are REALLY big things for me. Did I know that my little steps were going to be so wildly successful? Heck no! I would have been happy with a great date from that man I had been crushing on. I would have been happy if I cut my pack a day habit to a pack a week habit. I would have been happy to shave off a few years off my student loan. I would have been happy with a 30% growth with the company I work with.
So you see, I cannot take credit for the big things. I can only take credit for the little things. The things that would and could have been insignificant in the big scheme of things if God wasn’t faithful. But, God IS faithful. And when WE work, HE works. I don’t know if you caught that bit in the verse from Ephesians 3:20, “according to the power within us.” God is not going to smack you upside the head with grace, or drag you into heaven kicking and screaming. We must take these little steps.
So, what’s my next step? Maybe a Bible Study. Lunch with a friend. Coffee for a stranger. A thank you note. A juice fast. Maybe all of the above. None earth shattering, but ultimately life changing.
As I sit here listening in the other room to my husband playing Elevation Worship song, “The King Is Among Us,” I meditate on all the amazing things God has done in my life in the past few months.
You said “Consecrate yourselves to me
And you will see amazing things”
How fitting. How true. How amazing is our God!
We plant the seeds.
God grows them according to His will.
We just have to take these tiny steps forward. And if we’re lucky, God will make our paths into those moving sidewalks in airports. But Turned up to warp speed. SHhhhWwwwEW! Whoah…. And there you are, miles from here or where you started. That’s God’s speed right there.
So, take a step. As long as you are drawing closer to God, He will make that step right and sure. He will make a way in the wilderness for you. He will never fail.
Godspeed my friend.
Originally published at www.daretowalkonwater.com.