I’m back! I had a wonderful sabbatical filled with love, laughter, and tears.
Unlike past sabbaticals, this one involved connecting with old friends and family, vacation-like hikes, beautiful scenery, and a time for me to fulfill a dream of Christopher’s and mine. That plan was to spend our 30thanniversary going to some places we visited when we were married.
The trip was a success because I could do everything we intended to do and honor his memory while doing it. It was, however, not without its challenges.
While hiking a challenging trail in the White Mountains, I had the opportunity to do a great deal of time praying. At one point. Feeling I could not manage one other step, I asked someone on their way down how far it was to the top, and he replied, “One step at a time.”
Filled with gratitude for such a sign that my prayers were answered, I remembered how we get through any difficulties we have to face in life; we get through them one step, one minute, and one day at a time. The Truth is that the shortest way through life’s challenges is to walk through them – one step at a time.
We cannot avoid life’s pitfalls; we cannot skirt around them; we must walk through them knowing we are not walking alone. Spirit guides us, strengthens us, sends us little reminders, and, when necessary, carries us over the rocks and roots that make the path so treacherous.
We must never forget that we are not traveling alone; God is with us, around us, and working through us – and that is how we traverse life’s rocky paths.
Quote of the Week
“On your darkest days, do not try to see the end of the tunnel by looking far ahead. Focus only on where you are right now. Then carefully take one step at a time by placing just one foot in front of the other. Before you know it, you will turn that corner.”
Anthon St. Maarten