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When I was younger, I was a terror of an overachiever. I had the tendency to get discouraged at not being able to do something or not being able to get it right on the first try (I still at times suffer from this malady). When I would complain of my woes, with care and concern, my mother would say, “Child, just take your time. You have to crawl before you can walk.”

The first time I heard it, I did not even understand it, but as time went by I began to understand what she was telling me–take your time child, things will work out, depend on the Lord, ask Him for help and keep on trying until you get it right. And even though I didn’t like it, and would have much preferred for my mom to just tell me exactly what to do, I set about crawling until I could walk on my own two feet.

It Will Be OK

When situations in life grow to be overwhelming and we become discouraged, it is difficult to continue on, but we must. “It will be OK, you must crawl before you can walk”–is a reminder we could all benefit from. Just the thought of getting better with each attempt could inject enough motivation to try again. When those first steps take place, you will appreciate every second of the time and effort it took to ensure their arrival.

Do you know God thought of all of these things before He crafted us? With just a whisper, we could have been born with complete knowledge and the ability to run, but we were not. There are lessons our ever loving Father wanted us to learn. We have to take the time to learn them. We must start our lives on all fours, until we are able to make it up to our two feet, and hopefully along the way, we will never forget the power we can request by getting down on our two knees. It’s the crawling that provides the foundation for all of our walks.

“Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass” (Psalm 37:5).

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