I was strolling along the pier at the lighthouse earlier this week and was watching each place I planned to step so I would not fall. I looked up and saw how much further the rock jetty went and was amazed. I had thought I was almost at the end but when I looked up I saw I was not even close.
I was so consumed with the step I was taking that I did not see all the other tracks I would have to make ahead of me.
God sees the path ahead because it’s the one he made already. He sees how far I have come and walks with me in the distance still to go.
I am not supposed to dwell on the anxiety of what the future brings but if I only look at the next placement right in front of me then I miss out on the view encompassing me.
I am called to stay present-focused but be excited about the future. If I only look at where my feet are going I will not be able to know where I am or find this way again.
By being so absorbed in my feet I subconsciously tune out the melody of the waves crashing into the rocks and being sent back out again. I miss the Ocean’s welcoming swishing sounds as it collides into the rocks ever so gently and the views of fish jumping and birds catching their next meal. I do not see the beach and forget to feel the wind as it invites me into its dances and movements. I miss out on it whispering all around me.
The way before me is set and I trust that my feet are planted in the Lord, so why not look up as I follow him down the trail and breathe in his splendor and majesty as he leads me?
How much further can I go, how much faster is my pace when I lift my gaze to meet his? How much more is there to behold when I stop staring at my feet?
What is a way that you have been too focused on your stepping that you forgot to hear the ocean crashing lightly on the waves? A time when you subconsciously tuned out the song that the Lord is playing in the wind just for you? A moment when you did not want to look up for the fear of falling consumed you? In the moment did you forget the One who will always catch you?
You never know how far you came until you turn around and take a look. When you look back will you recognize the view or the rocks your feet touched?
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights.
‘I will also walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people.