The path was fairly familiar to me – it was the route from the main meeting place at camp to the back of the camp site. I had walked it many times in the daylight. I knew there were steps, a hand railing, then a sidewalk, a parking lot and another set of stairs. But at the moment that I was standing at the beginning of this journey back to my duplex, the sun had sunk down to slumber mode. The sky was as dark as a deep cave, and we had no lanterns to light our way. I was not alone, thank the Lord; I was with a sweet friend and we clung to one another, groping our way in the blackness like Hansel and Gretel, looking for home.
We inched our way along, eyes widened to catch any ray of light that may be cast our direction, though there was none. One step at a time, we moved slowly along, letting our heels scrape against the back of each step and our toes feeling forward for the next set of stairs. We did finally make it – much later than we ever thought, but we vowed we would never come to camp again without a flashlight. I’m pretty sure that whole area has lights now, and we could skip merrily back to our bunks without our major problems or hesitations we had that night!
Staggering would be the word that described our progress. We were slow, deliberate, and apprehensive.
Just yesterday I read in Romans 4:20 –
He (Abraham) staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith,giving glory to God.
Abraham was told that God would make of him a great nation. Though he was old and his wife’s womb was “dead,” he didn’t stagger! He moved ahead! Confidently laying one foot in front of the other, he trusted God’s promise and clung to it in faith. Rather than looking like me and my friend on our dark path, he made strides, moving forward with steps of faith pounding on the pavement of his life until God fulfilled His promise to Abraham!
As I read that verse, I wrote in my journal, “Am I staggering, or am I trusting God’s promises today?” When we are going through any kind of hardship, trial, illness, test, or decision, we need to open God’s Word and find a promise to claim. Then, holding fast to it, we can lift our head and move forward. Otherwise, we will be staggering. Our hearts will be full of fear and doubt and there will be nothing but darkness before us.
Step – don’t stagger today! You’ll only do that when you cling to the promise of God!
What promise of God’s are you clinging to at this time?