"I believe God gives each one of us a spirit of courage. He also gives us strength to climb whatever [figurative] mountains appear before us in our lives. He considers our personal and individual limitations, and provides absolutely everything we need to overcome obstacles. He is more than capable to help us each day. And if tomorrow brings a more difficult challenge, then our Lord's provision will be more abundant."
[Excerpt from my book Worthy In His Eyes: Part Four: PROACTIVE FAITH...Chapter One: STEPS OF FAITH] © Kathleen M. Pritchard
LOOKING BACK: In this chapter I compare my faith-walk with God [with a newly acquired disability] to the physical process of climbing a mountain from forest valley floor to the summit. I grew up close to the Rocky Mountains and am familiar with what it takes to reach the mountain top.
You must make the commitment to take those first steps forward. You cannot ever comprehend the resplendent view from the summit by remaining in the valleys and forests below. It is absolutely impossible. Once committed, the journey will eventually become more challenging than you anticipated.....there will be times when you will want to quit and go back to the easier pathways on level ground......there will be difficult obstacles and times of slipping backward. The forest will thicken and you won't see very far in front of you. The climb will seem so much higher than you anticipated from the valley floor. Your strength and determination will be challenged by doubt and weariness. Is the view from the summit really worth this gruelling climb? Yet you choose to press on with faith and hope for what lies ahead.
Finally, you reach the summit!! The magnificence is breathtaking and you become entranced by the grandeur of all that surrounds you. The white-capped mountain peaks seem to kiss the sky....emerald streams flow effortlessly from glaciers, creating sweet mountain music which fills your senses and renews your soul. Suddenly those former obstacles take on a different form and you realize each one is instrumental in the design and creation of the magnificent view. It is almost surreal it's so beautiful! You feel alive!!
I am learning to recognize the significance of Proactive Faith. God is my Life-Guide and I hunger to live the life He created me to live...for His Purpose. I don't want to waste any of it because I have chosen to let my disability impair me even more. I don't want to wonder what the outcome might have been like if I had kept going. I want life.....abundant life!
Personal accomplishments and victories are crucial to maintaining a healthy self-esteem. That requires work on my part.....for as long as I live. But I also place unwavering trust in my Heavenly Guide who will empower me to conquer obstacles, show me to an alternate route or carry me over the obstacles which are too big for me to handle alone. Only through Him can I claim solid victory.
God will never take us to a place where He is not in complete control. Never. He promises to remain faithful in directing our uncertain steps, but He also requires something from us. Proactive Faith. Taking that very first step..committing to going all the way even though we can't see beyond the obstacles in front of us.....believing with all our hearts that God will reveal blessings beyond our highest hopes because we chose to trust Him.
God wants us to experience much, much more than simple existence. Surrendering the next second, the next moment, the next hour, the next day, the next year and all of our future to Him does not put us in a vulnerable place.....instead it empowers us to receive all that He has to give.
Steps taken in faith, regardless of the inability to see the outcome, encourage us to place our trust in the promise of what lies ahead. Each victory attained produces growth, and growth produces a positively change life.
Regardless of circumstance or impediment, God has promised each one of us abundant life....can we promise Him we'll do all we can to embrace it? The choice is ours to make. The steps are ours to take.
"The LORD is faithful to all his promises, and loving toward all he has made. The LORD upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down." Psalm 145: 17, 18 NIV
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