One Foot in Front of the Other - Just A Thought #58
I see that word and it brings up a lot of different thoughts.
2 steps forward, one step back.
Falling down...a lot!
Blood, sweat and tears.
Failure...more than once.
The Bible talks about perseverance and endurance often but there is a story I was reading in 2 Kings 5:1-19 that really resonated with me. Maybe it was because I am in a place where the idea of perseverance has become a reality. We live in a world filled with pain and hardship. In this world, we get glimmers of grace and hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ.
Recently I have had to persevere through some pretty significant issues. Like the man in the picture...it feels like a slog up a long path, one foot in front of the other.
It is how I have been living lately.
I won't lie, I wish our problems had instant solutions. In this fast-paced, answers now society, we don't like waiting for anything. Waiting for answers, healing, guidance, etc does not fit that plan. Yet that is what God calls us to do. To wait, to persevere.
So getting back to 2 Kings. Naaman was a mighty warrior of some renown. He was also a leper. Eventually he heard about a prophet who may be able to heal him. He traveled with many gifts and finally came face to face with Elisha. He wanted instant answers but was told that he had to dip seven times in the Jordan River. He got angry, not liking what he heard, and left.
Cooler heads prevailed and encouraged him to listen to Elisha. He went to the Jordan, dipped in seven times and came out healed!
I can so relate.
When I come to God, I don't want delayed answers. Like Naaman, I have sometimes gotten angry with the answers I did receive. I especially don't like it when the answer is to persevere.
Yet God's ways are higher than ours. He has a plan.
I can obey or kick against it.
I want to obey.
Which means I have to persevere at times. Times like now. I don't know how long it will be before we see the other side of this challenging time, but it doesn't matter. God is in control.
In the meantime, I will keep putting one foot in front of the other and keep my eyes on Him!