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When It Feels Like a Thousand Steps

Since moving to Budapest over a year ago I’ve adapted from driving a car everywhere to walking almost everywhere. I actually like walking, most of the time. I do admit that when you want to get somewhere quick or have a heavy load to carry, a car is amazing.

Okay, back to walking.

I’ve found recently that I really only like walking when the road is easy. The athlete in me doesn’t like to admit that. When I reach a hill, like the one my house is on top of, I don’t really like walking anymore. It feels really hard and sometimes really, really hard when I’m carrying our 9 month old all the way up. You have to understand the hill. It’s big, steep and since my house is at the top, I have to do it.

The other day I was at the bottom of the hill just staring at all the steps and thinking about carrying our daughter, Summer, all the way up. I was already tired and looking at the hill just made it worse.

Do you ever feel like that with life? You are already tired, then something weightier comes and before you know it you are drowning, with little hope for what’s ahead. The road is no longer straight and easy, but is narrow and complicated. It feels like you’ll have to climb a thousand steps before you will get out. It’s easy to be overwhelmed.

Don’t worry, there is hope!

After staring at the stairs for a while I started to walk, very slowly. As I walked, taking one step at a time, I felt like God reminded me of something. That’s all I need to do. Take one step at a time.

If I look too far ahead at everything in front of me I get discouraged and want to give up. When I take one step of faith at a time it doesn’t seem so overwhelming. Actually, before I know it I’m half way there. It doesn’t mean it’s not challenging and I may end up going backwards or resting awhile along the way but in the end, on the top, the view is amazing!

Our God is so great! He doesn’t just watch us go through life and its trials leaving us stranded to figure them out alone. The Bible says that God is with us and even strengthens us! That is a reason to hope in the trials of this life. He is with us every step of the way, no matter how small that step may be.

What’s your next move?

Isaiah 41:10
Fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Posted by Susan Bisson, 2016/4/14

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