“Jesus said, ‘I am the way … ‘” John 14:6
I was walking and praying in a labyrinth cut in low grass. In order to stay on the path I had to focus my attention on my steps, otherwise I’d drift off into the grass. I knew that, unlike a maze, the labyrinth had no dead ends, no backtracking would be necessary. All I had to do was stay on the path and I would reach my goal, the Center, and then out again.
What I was praying about was goals. But I had to focus on means – one step at a time. And then Jesus’ words came to me, “I am the Way.” I received it as a “rhema” – an utterance by the Lord to me. My high calling is to stay close to Jesus who is the Way. Goals, outcomes, results, are important – but so often beyond my ability to achieve or produce. What I can do is stay in close connection to my Lord trusting that each step of the Way He will lead to the best outcome I can imagine and even beyond all I can ask or think.
The song I sang with such enthusiasm with children throughout my ministry says it so well:
“One step at a time, one step at a time,
That is how the Lord will lead you, one step at a time.
Take that one step carefully, walk that one step prayerfully,
This is the way to VICTORY! One step at a time.”