Recently I came across a post that inspired me so much, I had to share it with you. It said;
“You don’t have to see the whole staircase to take the first step”
Think about this for a minute, how many times have you taken a “step of faith” because you you where unsure of where your steps may lead? What step are you considering taking right now, but are hesitant because you can’t see the top of the staircase?
As I pondered this and looked back over the past nearly 15 years since turning 40, I realized that I have taken many “first steps” and can honestly say that I do not regret any of them! One of the greatest things about midlife for a woman is that you now have more freedom to try new things. The kids are either out of the house or close to it, so there is more time for you to do things for yourself and with your spouse, if you’re married.
In my early 40s, I learned to play racquetball which lead to playing 3 times a week with the greatest group of guys, until we moved away a few months ago. What was my first step? Showing up at the gym with a new racquet and ball to practice and see who might want to play. It was that simple and who knew it would lead to over 10 years of playing and cherished friendships.
My husband and I also took up riding quads and dirt bikes. Our first step into this did not go quite so well. My husband had been riding a dirt bike for a while and after buying him a new bike for his birthday, we headed to the desert with friends for the Labor Day weekend. On my very first ride, on my friends quad to see if I liked it, my husband crashed his dirt bike which landed him in the ICU for a couple of days and 8 weeks of recovery from a fractured vertebrae. We’re probably a little crazy, because surprisingly enough, that didn’t deter us and we didn’t get off the staircase. We both have quads now and have enjoyed riding in the deserts of California as well as the Arizona mountains. Our next adventure will be seeing where we can ride here in Texas.
There is a verse in Proverbs that states; “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 It is so comforting to know that as I plan to take new steps in my life, I have a heavenly Father who is watching over me as He leads the way. However, I still need to be the one to move forward. Often times people talk about God closing or opening doors as He guides us through life, which is true, but think about this for a minute; if you are not moving forward, how will you reach the door He wants you to walk through and how will you walk through it?
Over the years, God has lead us down many new paths and first steps of new churches, new ministry opportunities as well as new leadership roles with new and more responsibilities. Each time we were unsure of what the future would hold, but were confident in that God was in control. He put us there and He would provide what we needed to complete the task.
One of our latest first steps was putting our home up for sale to move to Texas. Wow, was that a doozy! When the top of your staircase is in another state, there is no way to see exactly where you may end up. Those of you who have made a move like this know precisely what I’m talking about! Looking back on it, it just really seems that one step lead to the next and the next until we finally landed in our new home. Did it all go as planned, not exactly, but we are sure that we are right where God wants us to be and are at peace and happy with it.
The other big step that we’ve taken is starting Grandir Fashions and we are no where near seeing the top of that staircase and where it will lead us. We may continue to climb or we may reach a point at the top and then come down the other side, only God knows. So for now, each day we take a step forward, learning new things and meeting new people both in person and online and enjoying the journey along the way. Sure, some days are very hard and frustrating but we don’t let them stop us, we learn from them and keep going. Knowing that God has a plan and a reason for the journey that we are on and trusting in Him as we follow His will.
My next staircase to climb will be finding a new gym and different exercise program, I’m thinking maybe pilates, what do you think? Sure it is easier to say I’m getting older, maybe I’ll just go for a walk now and then but honestly, I’m not liking the results of no exercise that I’m seeing in the mirror, which is very motivating!
Have you been thinking about doing something new? Are you hesitant because you can’t see the top of the staircase? May I encourage you today to pray about it, ask God to lead you and then take HIs hand as you move forward. Only He knows what wonderful things that He has in store for you.
Please email me at email@example.com to let me know what new staircase you will be climbing, so we can encourage each other along the way.