The Big Step


Martin Luther King, Jr. said it well. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

When I was in high school, I wanted to know God’s will for my life. Where would I go to college? Whom would I marry? What career would I pursue? Where would I live?

These are the kinds of questions we all wrestle with. In stepped my student pastor. He gave me an illustration of God’s will I have never forgotten. “Assume you want to drive from here (Houston) to College Station at night. Why do you turn on your headlights – to see College Station or the next turn?”

His point was clear. God rarely shows us our entire future. He sheds just enough light to make it to the next turn. If he showed us more than that, he knows we would often take over control of the steering wheel of life and relegate him to the back seat.

The just shall live by faith, not sight. But that faith is not a faith that shows us the end – just the next step. What Rev. King said 50 years ago is still brilliant today.

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”


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