The small party traveled as far as they could by car up into the rural town, high above sea level. They then trekked on foot up the hillside to their destination. Night had long fallen and recent heavy rains had made the terrain very slippery. As they maneuvered the pathway around rocks and ditches, the darkness literally enveloped them.
Andrew, a young Christian, marveled at the thought that, previously such a journey through bushes in the dark would have evoked a sense of fear in him. Yet, now there was indifference as he groped through the darkness; thinking only that it might have been easier if he could just have seen where he was going.
One would think the trip down would have been easier than going up, since, under normal circumstances, you could just run down. Yet, in the wee hours of the morning, under dark skies, with wet and slippery ground surface and on unfamiliar terrain – Andrew did not expect anything easy about that trip.
Mid way down, however, Andrew distinctly sensed that he was having an easier time than he expected. He had hardly slipped once and there was a self-confidence that overwhelmed him. This perplexed him greatly, until the realization came…
Though the terrain was unfamiliar to him, the group had a guide who knew the way. Subconsciously, Andrew had begun to follow his guide’s footsteps and wherever the team leader had placed his foot, Andrew had simply placed his.
Andrew knew that darkness was still around him. He heard the crickets and other creatures of the night. There was also some familiar ground that he remembered he had passed on the way up. Yet, he could not look around, because he had to keep his eyes on his guide’s steps. There was no thought of fear, or of how long before they would reach the car. He simply thought, if I just keep following the guide’s steps, I will make it down safely.
Does this remind you of our journey with Christ? Indeed, there are so many distractions, temptations and fears, which can affect our walk with Him. Yet, if we simply just follow His steps, home will eventually be in view.
When last did you read His word, fasted or spent time on your knees talking to Him? Remember you have to see His tracks, to be able to follow ‘His Steps’.