“Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away.” (John 6:37)
One of my favorite things is to watch a little baby learning to walk. It’s wonderful. They begin by realizing they can stand on their own little legs. Stand up, like grown up people do. Then, they try taking a step forward, and at this point they usually fall down. Being close to the ground, and fairly well-padded, this is not much of a problem. But what does the baby do? Does the baby decide that walking is going to be too difficult and maybe that “crawling thing” isn’t so bad after all? Or does the baby try again. Fall again, try walking again, over and over until success is had? You bet. And so often there is a parent, or other adult across from the baby, with open arms beckoning the little one forward, saying, keep your eyes on me, you can do it. Take another step.
Well, my friends, that is God. God is standing across from each and every one of us, with arms outstretched calling us forward. We need only keep our gaze on God as with each tiny step we move ever closer to where we wish to be. Will we sometimes fall down? You bet. But we are meant to get up again, take another step, no matter how big or small, and move in the direction of God’s perfect presence. One foot in front of another, one thought after another, one affirmation after another, until eventually we arrive with God in that new place that makes our life truly meaningful.
So, take a step. Begin now. God is waiting for you.
Affirmation: “With each step of faith I move closer to that perfect place where I want to be.”
Please join us each Sunday at 5:30 PM in our Social Hall for our Contemporary worship and Praise service, “Acts of God.” Come as you are and enjoy an hour of great music from our wonderful band and singers, inspiring messages and good fellowship.
Also, join me on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 PM for an hour of guided and silent meditation, reflection, affirmation and prayer. As always, we will share communion together. Everyone is welcome.
First Christian Church, North Hollywood, 4390 Colfax Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604. http://www.fccnh.org