Stepping the Way

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The wind was gentle on this particular late summer morning. It was a Saturday. My eyes cast downwards at grass clipped short, scanning for the entry.

My journal entry an hour later:

Walked in and decided the entry was not what was laid out. The path was wrong. The start was three steps in, passing two blocked paths on the right. Should not the opening to the circle been the first step in? Took a step clockwise in the direction the lines laid out and then decided to go differently for the heck of it and stepped over a line to start in the opposite direction-counter clockwise.

So I decided what was the right way to go, and then realized my mistake 20 minutes later.

The start point was right all along.

As I took each tentative step I wondered if the circular, meandering path really did lead me out eventually or would I get caught up in it’s loop forever? I wanted to step out completely a few times. I didn’t trust the design. 

Could I trust the designer? 

Do I trust the Designer? 

“I realized how much I still want to be in control. Crazy because if I would have just followed the path as it was laid out, I wouldn’t have been so anxious and enjoyed the walk and beauty all around me.”

The facilitator of our weekend retreat looked at me kindly. We each sat in chairs placed in a circular pattern–about 20 of us.

Each stepping differently on life’s meandering path.

Each stepping in either a choice of  holding back in fears that present as control, worries, and excuses, or letting go in trust.

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Jeremiah 17: 7-8 But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

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Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

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Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.


I pull the zipper up on my jacket, my eyes scanning the tree shadows that reach out like fingers upon the unicursal path. It’s early Saturday evening. The sun has begun is descent behind me.

I take three steps in and turn to the right-clockwise.

I enter the lines of the pathway, following as designed.

A fallen leaf lifts, the wind catching it’s stem, and skims the cropped grass. Five sparrows suddenly let go within a tree and flutter above me. I stop, watch their flight that leads them to another tree, and they rest on a new branch like it was designed just for them. It holds them safely. I tuck my hair behind an ear, the breeze light and refreshing on my face.

I take the next step.

 

 

 

 

 

 

22 thoughts on “Stepping the Way

  1. I want to be in control too. Thanks for the reminder Lynn that God is in control and His plans for me are good, and I’m sure, much better than I could even ask or imagine. (-: Ker

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  2. Lynn, what a great post. There have been times I have tried my own way (only once or twice mind you . . . .;) ), only to realize I took myself the wrong direction. I’m so glad the Designer of our lives is so trustworthy. The paths He has for us are always purposeful in how they’re laid out.

    I hope your year is off to a good start, my friend!

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  3. Lynn,
    Happy 2018! I recognize the first photo — Savannah, isn’t it?! 🙂 I can really relate to the circular paths being confusing in life so that we even doubt taking the next step but sometimes we have to just take a leap of faith and trust that God is taking care of the way we should go! I’m praying that this new year holds abundant blessings for you with as much joy, love and peace as your heart can hold! And may new adventure travels too! xoxo

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    1. Hi Valerie, The first photo is Savannah and think you may have recognized the second photo as well that was taken on the boat tour in Winter Park. That time in the south was sure a great photo trip for me. Yes we do have to take those leaps of faith! May this year also have abundant blessing to you too. I look forward to reading about them as well! xo

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    1. He is faithful Joy, and I love how you describe to trust even when we can’t see the finish line. I tend to want to see the whole picture including the finish line! Thanks for being hear and reading. It encourages me to keep on!

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  4. I love the way you write! I too have a need to be in control! Praying for us as we step into our new year with Jesus to let Him direct us! Blessings to you sweet sister!

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  5. This is such a great analogy, Lynn. I so identify with it. I love the wisdom in this line – “Each stepping in either a choice of holding back in fears that present as control, worries, and excuses, or letting go in trust.” So true. I want to let go and trust the Designer! Have a Blessed 2018! Love and hugs to you!

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    1. Hi Trudy! I know letting go and trusting is so much simpler than trying to design it all ourselves isn’t it? I know I can make it harder on myself than it has to be! May your steps be full of His loving ways, leaving behind any fears of worry and doubt in 2018 and beyond. Love and hugs back to you!

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  6. Oh Lynn, this is just so beautiful, so inspiring, and so vividly described by your gorgeous wording. What a blessing to read this experience and take with me, what you learned- something I constantly struggle with too. Trusting in that path… I would absolutely have been YOU on that first go around. Seriously, that sounds SO MUCH LIKE ME! I giggle at the thought of it. But God is a God of second chances, and grace poured upon grace until we get it right. I’m so grateful for that. I always picturing Him shaking His Holy head as I meander and get lost in my attempts at finding my own path, and my footing gets all messy and mixed up. I swear sometimes I hear Him sigh… But like a loving father does, He waits patiently for me to figure it all out.

    I will surely be thinking of this post as I take my steps into 2018. ❤

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    1. Hi Chris! I’m so glad we can share our meandering and ‘messy’ footing stories! And then always be encouraged by our stories of His redeeming grace. Makes me giggle too when you say you would have been like me. I can just imagine us two blondes, with our eyes cast down and both jumping across the lines. 🙂 I look forward to reading more about your steps in 2018. Happy New Year!

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  7. Aw, such a beautiful reminder. We should trust the process. We need to trust God more so we can stop worrying and start enjoying life. The way He wanted us to.

    Happy 2018!

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  8. Hi Lynn! I love that passage from Romans, what a perfect message for your words today. Why is it so hard to trust? Even when the path is there and so clear? I guess it’s just part of being human. I do love that you ended your post with taking another step. That’s what we should be doing, right? Just keep trusting, keep moving and the peace and understanding of Christ will be with us.
    Grace and peace to you this New Year,
    Ceil

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  9. I have never walked a prayer labyrinth before but it sounds like this is what you were doing. I understand all too well the need for control. It is one of the reasons, I believe, that my word for the year is surrender.

    God is patient with us and will always provide the next step if we let Him. You share such great wisdom here. I love your words.

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  10. This is so so beautiful, Lynn. Especially those last few lines. I love how the Lord speaks to us through each other. I had only just been reflecting and reading up on God’s “steadfast” love, so this is such a good verse to read again here:
    “Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”
    And God’s care for the tiniest sparrow keeps returning to me too lately. I was reminded of this recently, when out of the blue we bumped into my Mum’s best friend at a gas station (we are on holiday in New Zealand visiting family). It had to be God. I haven’t seen her and her husband since the funeral. And we discovered something beautiful – my little niece was born on her birthday and my little sister was married on her birthday 😊. Now if that doesn’t show God’s care for the details of our life?! It felt like a wink from God – an “I see you. I’m here with you all.” So, reading your beautiful words remind me again – yes, we can SO trust the Designer 😊…and He’s so good to send us those winks to remind us.

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  11. I always love it when women give each other a peek at their journals. To find another soul to share with is a grace. To have shaped a community you can do this with is the best gift, isn’t it?!

    Lynn, thanks for sharing lessons learned. You never know who or how you’re going to impact when you hit the PUBLISH button, do you …

    Weekend blessings, friend …

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