Taking The First Step


Well, I am finally reading Plan B by Pete Wilson. It’s been on my Amazon wish list for awhile and I finally ordered it. I am on Chapter 5 and so far I am loving it. One thing he discusses in his book is that everyone, like Joshua, has a Jordan River that they need to cross in their lives.

For the past few days we have had out of town family visiting with us. Yesterday, was a beautiful sunshiny day and so we decided to pack up and make the 90 minute drive to the Outer Banks to play on the beach. I watched as my seven year old son and his seven year old cousin took turns being courageous enough to stick their toes in the still icy cold Atlantic Ocean.

Interestingly enough, I was on chapter four of my new book. Joshua was facing a Plan B. He was exactly where God desired him to be, but it was far from the path Joshua would have chosen if he were in control of the situation. Joshua would have stuck with the more comfortable, more familiar Plan A. But that wasn’t God’s plan. Joshua had to trust that God was big enough and sufficient enough to lead him and the Israelites safely across the Jordan River.

Yesterday, as I watched my son and his cousin venture down to the water’s edge I read this:

“But (and this is a big but) they have to take the first step. They will not see God’s power, they will not experience his faithfulness, until they get their feet wet.”

Boy, isn’t that the truth. Trusting God always requires a decision on our part. Often it is a scary decision. The water God might be asking us to step into might be shockingly uncomfortable but in order for us to see God’s power… it is crucial that we take that first step.

After finishing this chapter yesterday, I put down my book and walked down to the ocean’s edge. I stepped into the water. And you know what? It was cold!!!! But the experience was worth it. And, this morning, as I sit here typing this post, I have smile on my face. I am reminded of all the times I’ve faced Plan B’s in my life and have had to make the decision to take that first step into the unknown. Each time, God was faithful when I obeyed. Each time, God was there waiting to grab hold of my hand and lead me the rest of the way.

6 thoughts on “Taking The First Step

  1. Kandi

    That book has been on my list for a while now, I can't wait to read it.

    A lot of anxiety and fear has been gripping my life lately, it is a really scary time and I don't know what is up ahead but I know that he is leading me. He knows I am scared and I am so thankful that you were obedient to Him this morning when you wrote this post, I needed the reassurance. Blessings to you.

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  2. Jenifer

    I haven't read that but have wanted to. Maybe I will get it now. It does take that first step of saying I will obey, saying yes. God is always faithful and will always hold our hand, as you said. Great post!

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  3. Lisa

    Sounds like a great book. I'm going to read it too. So glad that God always has a plan. We just have to trust Him enough to take the first step.

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  4. Phather Phil Malmstrom

    I've been enjoying Plan B myself Eileen… Glad it's speaking to you as well!

    Have a Blessed Day!

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  5. Tiffini

    you just reminded me that I need to add this book to my list..I've read it and I loved it! That was one of my favorite quotes from the book..gotta step in first!
    Plan B's are very scary oftentimes. I think of my friend Debbie who's little girl Gabi was just diagnosed with cancer. they have 4 kids and plan b's don't ask to come into our lives often. Sometimes we are in plan b's out of our own disobedience but sometimes not. So – I highly recommend reading:) love your words today Eileen:) as usual!
    xo

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