When I was able to go away earlier this year, we had opportunity to take a short walk in the Warrumbungle’s National Park we were visiting. At the time I hadn’t been that well and with an upcoming visit to hospital I did think twice about if I should do the walk or not. I had been told it was an easy walk and no one mentioned the fact that there would be a couple of small creek crossings.
It wasn’t quite as daunting as it might have been as the way across had been made easier by them inserting stepping stones across the creek.
As I approached, I had a sense of fear that I may not be able to balance on them, but since I would have to go back on my own, I thought I should be able to do this, I just had to take it one step at a time. As I slowly went across–at the back of the group–one of our guides stayed close to offer a helping hand if it was needed. I was able to make it across without any mishap.
The above verse reminds us that Jesus told us there is only one way for us to reach the Father. We may try to take a different path, but there is only one, that leads where we need to go.
Life with chronic illness often seems like a balancing act and we can be faced with stepping stones that are the only way across what seems a difficult crossing. How do we keep the balance we need on those stepping stones and not fall?
I believe it is only with God’s help. The hand that reaches out to catch us if we would slip, or guides us in the safest crossing. The fact that God promises to be there beside us all the way, is such a comfort.
We do not know what crossings may lie ahead, but we do know who holds out a hand to help and guide us.
Prayer: Father, I pray that You would guide me on the stepping stones of my life and thank You that You keep me from falling father than Your hand. Amen.
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful for the difference God makes in her life, and the lessons He is teaching her, as she lives with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to travel when she is able. You can contact her in the Sunroom.
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Do you remember times where you felt you only just kept your balance through difficult situations? What helping hands were there to guide you?