We can’t accomplish teaching our children everything they need to know in a single step. Teaching takes time. Lots of time.
And it takes time through do-overs.
Often, through tears.
Many times, through laugh-aloud moments, times of waiting like in a long line at Disneyland on a hot day, at the breakfast table or during an outing to the park.
Teaching happens one step at a time.
Despite the fact that I am an adult and “grown,” teaching continues to take time in my life as well.
There are hundreds of steps I continue to climb daily, and will in the course of a lifetime. Some steps take more time than others to climb, and thankfully, I don’t have to take on the flight at once. If I had to, I’d for sure head back down and find the nearest escalator.
Just like there are days when it’s hard for our kids to climb as we hold their hands, God holds ours. I am so thankful that God doesn’t ask us to take on the ascend alone. He’s there with every bended knee up the flight.
Through His presence.
By His Word.
In His strength.
God never takes us down, but guides us up…to that very next step.
Are we guiding our kids up or do we nudge, prod, nag or force? When I become impatient with my kids, I need to remember how God is gentle and patient with me in my steps. He never pulls me nor hurries me up the staircase.
Where is God bringing you as you parent in this season of mothering? What small step is He asking you to take today?
A step of trusting in Him?
Waiting on Him?
Removing something undesirable?
Stepping out of a comfort zone?
Being courageous through change?
A step of attitude or adjustment (or an attitude adjustment?!)
Whatever staircase you are climbing, God can be trusted on your way up, down and if need be, on the landing between steps. There are necessary pauses to take, and thank God for His rest when we need to halt on that space between steps.
God is your faithful guide who will mount the climb with you.
Of all the steps you are taking today, don’t lose sight of that one.
“The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.” Habakkuk 3:19.