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One Step at a Time
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As Janie looked up the steep set of stairs her heart sank, she knew difficulty was ahead.

Janie’s apartment building had been undergoing renovations and as often happens there was a complication that shut down the elevators for the evening. Janie suffers with a neuromuscular illness which causes her legs to move better on some days than on others. Well this was one of the 'other days', and she knew that getting to the top of the stairs was going to be a tedious task—her apartment was on the second floor.

Janie wondered if perhaps she should check into a hotel or crash on a friend’s couch, but she just didn’t have the energy to follow through. Not having much of a choice, Janie whispered a prayer asking for the strength, endurance and courage to make the climb and braced herself.

As she put her foot on the first step, something told her to take a moment to look down at her feet instead of looking towards the top of the stairs. She took the step up and found it was easier than she thought it would be and so she took a second step. Instead of looking up at the length of those frightening stairs, she continued to watch her feet take one step at a time, until she got to the top. God answered her prayer.

While looking down at her feet, Janie was concentrating on one step at a time, making the task not only more manageable, but also allowing her to see how far she'd come as opposed to how far she had left to go.

Slowly but Surely

I couldn’t help but think how life is like Janie's precarious adventure up the stairs. Sometimes situations can seem insurmountable, as if we are at the bottom of an enormous mountain whose summit is the goal. It is easy to become discouraged and to decide that the task is impossible, or that it will take too long, or perhaps we don’t have the tools to get us to the top. Often we give up before we ever begin the climb. Instead of prayerfully requesting the tools, endurance and courage to make the climb, we settle in at the bottom of the mountain, and let not only some of our dreams go, but some of the tasks God has assigned to us. 

We would much rather have the prize at the top of the mountain all at once and right now; but there is no elevator at the house of hard work. We must climb. Perhaps if we focused, not on things left to complete, but on what God has already helped us to accomplish, we would get to the top faster and with more ease than we thought possible.  

"…Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord of hosts.  For who are you, O great mountain of human obstacles? … you shall become a plain, a mere molehill!"  (Zechariah 4:6-7). 

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By Maxine Young. Copyright © 2011 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the AMPLIFIED BIBLE.

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