One Step at a Time: Walking the Walk

A sudden fall took my 86 year old father by surprise. He wasn’t doing anything extraordinary….just fetching a take out pizza. However, the missed step caused him to falter. Several young men saw him fall and quickly ran up to him assisting him in order to get him to his feet. He declared that he was fine. Later on we saw his bloody skinned knees, his bruised arm where he landed and witnessed the pain in his wrist. The next day an x-ray determined that he had a crack in his wrist. Dad joked with the nurse that he was concentrating on the pizza! All it took was one misstep.

Recently, my husband and I were reading about walking with God. Walking with God isn’t simply the physical act of stepping forward one foot in front of the other, it’s much more significant than that. Many times in the scriptures, the people of God are described as walking blamelessly, upright, faithfully or walking in the law. The emphasis is how we are walking. A walk with God is like none other. Adam quickly realized that. One misstep: a forbidden bite of the fruit. David knew missteps well. One glance of a woman on the rooftop. Missteps can be progressive. At first we trip. Then we fall but we quickly pick ourself up. Later we fall so hard that others help us to our feet. The toughest missteps of them all require us to call out for help from our Almighty God.

Watch your steps. Stay focused. Never hesitate to call for help from the Savior that is always there just waiting. Concentrate on the relationship that matters the most. The pizza can wait.

Published by Kathy Burnham Howington

I'm a retired educator after 28 years working with students that have exceptional needs and working as a school and district level administrator. I am married with 3 grown children plus 2 bonus children. In total we have 7 grandchildren. My most fervent prayer is that of our children and grandchildren will embrace Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

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