Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
When I watch my grandson or my parents go up or down stairs, they focus entirely on the step in front of them. When I take the stairs, I tend to either run, because I know where the steps are, or I look above or below to where I want to be. All are appropriate for our particular stage of life, although it would probably behoove me to pay more attention. But there have been times when I haven’t been sure where the next step was, either because it was dark or because the path I was on was rocky and uneven—or both.
When my husband and I traveled to see the moonbow in Cumberland Falls, KY (a rare white rainbow made by the full moon reflecting on the waterfall), we walked an uneven trail through woods in the dark. It was a very unsettling experience. I had to trust my limited vision and the ground I felt under my feet.
Just like that path, I can’t see tomorrow clearly. I have hints and hopes based on my current actions, but even the next hour may contain events that totally change the direction of my life. I don’t know and won’t know until they happen. Faith is moving ahead even when the next step and its outcome are unknown.
When fear keeps me from moving forward, I know I’ve lost faith in the path I’ve chosen. Once I acknowledge my fears and remind myself of my mission and priorities, I can make a realistic choice about what to do next. I can’t have all the answers. All I can do is trust that my mindful intentions shed enough light on my path for me to move forward.