This is not a fitness challenge, but it is a walking challenge of sorts. Like most of you, I have one of those watches that counts my steps. The crazy thing will even buzz when it thinks I need to get up and walk some more. I digress. This is a steps challenge of sorts. So, I would like to ask you, who is directing your steps? In Psalm 37:23-24 we read,
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand. I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”
These verses have been a great source of comfort for me in the past and even today as I remember that my “steps” are indeed ordered by the Lord. All the things that have come into my life are part of God’s plan to mold me into the person I need to be in order to serve Him. Everyone’s testimony is unique and amazing, and mine is no different. Any individual who knew me from my childhood years only knew a kid with severe asthma, living on medication, and constantly in and out of the hospital. What others (and even I at times) did not see was the guiding hand of God directing my steps for His glory. Those nights alone in the hospital helped train a child—who NEVER wanted to go to camp—to be brave and know that God would be her source of strength. The times I struggled to breathe and prayed for each breath taught me to have a conversation with a Heavenly Father and watch Him perform miracles of all sizes. Later, it was not as hard to pray for safety while on the mission field. It was with a trusting heart that I followed the steps that lead me to meet my husband. (That is an article in itself.) I had conversations with the Lord when it was time for us to buy a house and told Him what I wished for and watched Him provide the perfect house for us. I have trusted the ordering of my steps for so long, why would I stop now?
Why the trials, why the heartache? If it is not from your own foolishness, then perhaps the Lord might be directing your steps or that of your child’s. Two of the greatest things my parents did for me were to remain faithful to the things of the Lord and remind me that He was in control. They taught me how to go through the situation and trust the guiding hand of the Father. After all, I have not seen the righteous forsaken, and neither have you.
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Mrs. Chung grew up around the work of the ministry and now has the privilege to teach at the North Valley Baptist Schools. She and her husband faithfully teach young people and are a vital asset to the ministry of NVBC.