“Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105
One of the most stressful things that I ever watched on television was Nik Wallenda walk across the Grand Canyon gorge a few years ago on a tightrope. Wallenda ventured out on this rope not knowing all that he might face in terms of weather conditions, nerves, or other unforeseen things. He risked his entire life believing that he could accomplish this task.
His approach to this task as it unfolded spoke volumes to me. I quickly learned that Nik is a devout follower of Jesus Christ. Nik took this journey into the unknown all the while trusting God one step at a time. During the journey, Nik constantly demonstrated his trust in God by quoting scripture along the way.
Psalm 119:105 paints the same exact picture of how we are to live our lives. The image is of one who is navigating the dangerous path of life with the help of God’s Word. The verse tells us that we are given the light of God’s Word to be able to take the next step. We are given enough light once we take the next step to take an additional step and so on.
Indeed, life is big daily adventure into the unknown. Not often does God give us the plan for the next twenty years. Instead, He wants us to embrace the unknown with the truth of Psalm 119:105.
I will tell you that embracing the future does not mean that all fear is erased, and you never worry. Leading this school has presented me with challenges especially in the early years. I had a lot of doubts leading in those early years and I have regularly faced a lot of fears over the years. I will never forget a passage of Scripture that I read one morning that changed my perspective. That verse was Matthew 19:26:
“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
I realized at that moment that I could no longer lead with fear and doubt about what I could or could not accomplish. The verse reminded me that we serve an extraordinary God who can do anything. I had to trust God and lead others to do the same believing that God had a plan for my life and for our school.
The secret to trusting God one step at a time will require that you spend a lot of time on your knees in prayer. Here at school, we spent countless hours working hard and dreaming of what could be. Our leadership team knew more than anything that we had to face the future trusting God with each small step. That is no different for us as individuals.
Even as I have gotten older, I have sought to keep the same practice of trusting God with each step as I embrace the unknown of the future. God will direct you in whatever you are facing and He delights to do impossible things in our lives!