Do you have any idea how much God loves you? Do you? I mean, really? If truth be known, I bet we don’t always think about this too much. Sure, we know God sacrificed His own son to show us the depth of His love, however, the sheer magnitude of this love sometimes escapes us. For me, at least, it’s just plain difficult to imagine a love that powerful.
Searching fingers stretched to the side of the bed underneath the down comforter, only to be met with rumpled sheets. Her eyes shot open as the wind blasted a spattering of snow against the window. Her body lay in a coat of cold sweat as she stared into the darkness, realizing once again, she was alone.
Austin Patterson had waited practically a lifetime for this. Tomorrow was the day. He could just feel it. If he failed to obey his impulses rightnow, he knew it would never be quite the same again. He also knew too well, the outcome was unpredictable. He didn’t know exactly how things would turn out. The only thing he was completely sure of was, regardless of the outcome–everything was about to . . . change.
“When they call to me, I will answer them; when they are in trouble, I will be with them.” Psalm 91:15a
The sun streamed in through the window casting a checker board of morning light onto the walnut blonde floor, like a flamboyant guest without an invitation. My fingers tapped incessantly as my arms lay at both sides of my hospital gown on the bed. Thoughts flew wildly around my head, like a trapped parakeet in a closed room.
Verb: Walk (wok). . . To move at a regular pace by lifting and setting down each foot in turn, never having both feet off the ground at once. It’s what we teach our young children . . . just put one foot in front of the other.
Sounds simple, yet, like a toddler first learning to walk, sometimes those “steps” are met with uncertainty, causing us to falter, or perhaps fall. Take hiking, for instance. You never know what lies ahead, or how the terrain of your path may change . . . however, in order to reach your destination, you still have to put one foot in front of the other.
What’ll it be? Your New Year’s resolution. Lose weight? Get organized? Spend less? Save more? Enjoy life? Stay healthy? Learn something exciting? Quit smoking? (Quit something?), Fall in love? Get closer to God? Be less stressed? Spend more time with family? This list goes on, and on–and on.