Having traveled to China, twice, to bring our girls home (has it really been almost 12 years ago that we first took that journey?), there is great appreciation in my heart for this proverb.
Aside from the fact that it comes from the ancient wisdom of the Chinese people, it is a vivid word picture of what it actually took for us to make that journey.
The many months of waiting, the thousands of pieces of paper that needed to be filled out, the weeks of research trying to figure out what pieces of paper were needed (how and where to get those pieces of paper!), and all of the work of raising the funds to get us across the ocean to bring those babies home . . . . all began with one, single step.
If we had never taken that very first step, our girls would not be sleeping peacefully in their beds here in our little lake cottage in northern Indiana. Gracie would not be on her way this morning to church camp with her youth group; she would not be playing the flute, trying out for volleyball, or swimming in the lake with her friends.
Annie would not be taking piano lessons, receiving speech therapy, playing family games around the dining room table, or waking up every morning and asking, “Mama, is there anything I can help you with today?” Just think of all that WE would be missing, if we hadn’t taken that very first step.
I need to remind myself of those days of baby steps. Sometimes I wonder why I can’t just get up in the morning and do everything that needs to be done, all in one day. Why I think that way is beyond me, because it isn’t even logical, and I try to look at life from a logical point of view. But in this area I fail . . . miserably.
So now, as I begin a new journey of a thousand miles, I will keep this image before me when I can’t quite accomplish all of the 200 things on my daily To Do list ;o) RIGHT NOW – and allow myself to take a break once in a while, knowing (but too often forgetting) that God is in control and He will use my skills to build the business and ministry that He has planned – not necessarily to create all of those amazing ideas in my head!
However, I really would appreciate it if He could slow down on the ideas if He isn’t also going to give me a few more hours and a whole lot more energy in every day, because when those ideas pop into my head, I really want to make them happen!
Today, I begin a new journey which I will now have the time to document here a bit more frequently than I’ve been able to do for the past year or so . . . . I hope you will join me and be encouraged along the way on your journey, too. Remember, take that first step. It’s the only way to begin a very long journey, but it will be worth it all in the end.