First Steps and Falling

Dear Friend,

I’m learning so much from observing my little one as he grows and develops.  I am watching him go through the motions and emotions of growing up, especially as he learns how to walk.  I’m thinking that every baby’s first step is nothing but a stumble in the right direction.

In a sense, we all go through a similar process as we attempt to master our spiritual legs to slowly feel our way through this life.  Even if we end up stumbling in the right direction, the initial effort to move forward is quite small in comparison to the preparation it took to get there and the courage it will take to keep on walking.  Still, that first step is a feat worth celebrating and remembering as an event that marks the beginning of a different and better way to move forward.  In the same way, the angels celebrate and rejoice in Heaven over every sinner that makes the decision to walk in the way of righteousness.

The first steps are always the hardest. We have so much grace for our babies when they stumble again on their second step and fall face down on the floor. We think nothing of picking them up and wiping away their tears while still praising them for their efforts…because we know it takes time to master the skill of walking.

If only we had so much grace for our fellow believers, especially those who are still stumbling along, trying to find the truth, trying to understand grace, and having trouble letting go of things they held on to in the past.

Even years after taking our first steps, we sometimes still trip and fall, secretly hoping no one saw us…

During this phase of my child’s development, I’m also learning how to be a mom.  As much as I wish I could cuddle him safely in my arms forever, this baby boy wants to go places.  This week he learned how to climb onto everything including the coffee table; and yesterday, he climbed onto a chair, and from there, he was trying to climb onto the table.

The hardest part is learning how to let go, when to let go, and how far to let him go before picking him up again… while always staying close enough to catch him should he stumble.

And deep down, there is a sad realization that one day I might not be there to catch him when he falls. At those times, he will experience some of life’s greatest lessons, learning to persevere to get up again and again after each fall.

And at those times, I have to learn to let him go.  In the same way, we must be willing to let go of the ones we truly love, trusting them into the Hands of the only One who can keep them standing and the One who is able to pick them up when they fall.

The same is true in our Spiritual walk.  I’ve had to learn to let go and trust that God will complete the
good work He started in those I love, even if it looks from my perspective like they are falling or backsliding.

I can simply pray that God will keep on showing them the Way to where He is standing, with arms stretched out like a loving Father.

Keeping my eyes on Him is the only way to keep my own balance as well.

Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.  There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.  Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.” – 1 Corinthians 10:12-14

Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.” – 1 Peter 2:1

It doesn’t matter where you are in your walk. Today I would like to encourage you to get up whenever you fall and keep on walking.  I also pray that you remember where to look to get the balance you need, and as you do, that He will guide you in the right direction and give you the strength to keep on walking in faith.

For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:” – 1 Peter 2:21

Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” – Jude 1:24-25

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