Take the First Step

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders, let me walk upon the waters, wherever You would call me

Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander, so my faith would be made stronger, in the presence of my Savior. 

These lyrics from Hillsong’s Oceans¬†have been my heart’s cry time and time again over the past several years. I’ve begged God to lead me to where He wants me, even if that is difficult or scary or I can’t see His whole plan yet. And more often that not, that is the case. God promises that He knows the plans He has for us (Jeremiah 29:11) not that He is going to lay the whole plan out crystal clear before we get started. But He also promises that His ways and thoughts are so much higher than ours could ever be (Isaiah 55:9) and so I know He is trustworthy and that ultimately, I want to walk in His ways and not my own, because that will turn out so much better.

“A man plans his way, but the LORD determines His steps.” — Proverbs 16:9

God has called me to some big things, and most of the time, He doesn’t tell me how it is going to end up before asking me to start. He asks me to take a first step of faith and to “walk by faith and not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7) every step of the way.

God doesn’t shine light on the whole path at once, and honestly, I am very thankful He doesn’t! If He did, I would probably be too scared to take that first step, or any step for that matter. If He started out by calling me to move to Africa I would probably say, “No way!”. But He calls me to the first step, and calls me to have faith, and He has never let me down. He’s always seen me through and I know He always will. Wherever His paths lead, I don’t have to know yet, I just have to know that I am going to trust Him to show me in His perfect timing.

“I am sure of this that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” — Philippians 1:6

That first step, might seem small. It might seem strange. It might seem pointless and be easy to brush aside saying, “Why would God want me to do that?” But God doesn’t call us to understand the whole plan. He calls us to trust. When God called Abraham He called him “to the land I am going to show you” (Genesis 12:1). God didn’t lay out the specifics or details, He just said go.
For someone who is a planner and perfectionist like me, that can be terrifying!! I’m often scared to take a leap of faith when I can’t see where I’m going to land. But God has reminded me time and time again that I do indeed know where I’m going to land. Safe in His loving arms. So today, right now, He might not be asking me to move to Africa, or to sell everything I own. But He might be asking me to clear my schedule, to pray over someone specific, to write a letter or make a phone call. It might be something small and seemingly insignificant — but I want to say yes. I want to take the first step. And see what amazing things God is going to do.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” — Proverbs 3:5-6