”…tell the children of Israel to go forward.”  [Exodus 14:15]

During one of his most difficult and despairing times John Henry Newman wrote what became a famous English hymn.   It was a cry of the heart for the light of God to shine on the stepping stones of life.  <I> “Lead, kindly Light! Amid the encircling gloom, Lead Thou me on; The night is dark, and I am far from home, Lead Thou me on’ Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see The distant scene; One step enough for me.

When reaching the Red Sea the children of Israel must have experienced the same sense of overwhelming despair.  Where were they going, what was the plan, what would the distant shores bring?  “God never gives guidance for two steps at a time.  I must take one step, and then I get light for the next.  This keeps the heart in abiding dependence upon God.”  [C.H.Mackintosh]

Day by day He guides us, step by step he leads us and moment by moment He provides what is needed. The closeness of heart to heart bears witness that, “Your strength shall be renewed day by day like morning dew”   [Psalm 110:3 TLB]

Our Christian walk is often only known by the ‘next step’. We follow through by faith into the logical and later become aware it was God’s leading all the time.  Planning is good but the planning is unfolded by plodding along one step at a time trusting in the One who knows the way that we take. He guides His children today just as He did the Israelites, “The pillar of cloud led them forward day by day” [Nehemiah 9:19 TLB]

Stepping into the Light day by day will rid your heart of anxiety and fear for those are the things that dwell in the shadows.  Jesus taught us in the Sermon on the Mount:  “So don’t be anxious about tomorrow.  God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time” [Matthew 6:34 TLB]

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