And He delights in his way.”
Psalm 37:23 (NKJV)
I often thought about this passage of scripture and wondered what it really meant. “Steps” is something that I hate about any project that I have to undertake, especially when my wife asks me to put something together. We just had a newborn son this past July and I’m telling you that my wife began the “steps” to preparing our home for this little guy before he came out of the womb. Nothing was too good for him. When I say nothing I mean NOTHING! She repositioned furniture, threw out things she felt were unnecessary to have around our child and she took on the task of putting together shelving and his changing table. My wife opened each box and looked at the instructions and followed each of the “steps”. Just looking at the paper and seeing all the nuts, bolts and screws made me wash the dishes and take out the trash in one shot! I was willing to do anything but put something together.
My wife, big belly and all sat down and began the task and when she was done, the item was the reflection of what was pictured on the box. I was in awe. Not because she was a woman putting something together but because she had the patience to not skip one “step” of the process. Watching her do this convicted me in a small minute way. It made me ask the question, “Why am I so hesitant to take out the instructions and follow the steps?” What the Lord showed me was the fear factor. I was afraid to mess up. I didn’t want to risk failing. But 2 Timothy 1:7 says, For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. So I made the decision to face my fears and take the risk! Little did I know, or should I say realize, that the Lord had already prepared (ordered) an opportunity for me to accept the challenge. It wasn’t a huge task to someone like my wife but it was enough for me. I saw my son’s rocker in the box leaning against the wall laughing at me. Well, it wasn’t the actual box laughing but it was my past mistakes laughing at me. I made the decision to not rehearse those thoughts in my mind.
I grabbed the box, looked at the picture, opened it up, took out the instructions and laid all the contents out so that I could see everything that was needed to complete the task. It never dawned on me that these were the roots to my frustrations. I believe the Lord was smiling and rejoicing in my victory. That’s what the word delight means to Him. He wants to rejoice when you overcome an obstacle. Why? He allowed (prepared) that thing for your benefit. I didn’t realize that when I picked up the box. The last thing that I want you to remember is that the “steps” that have been ordered (prepared) for you are never just for you. Someone else is always the benefactor of your victory and failures. Let’s just say that my son is reaping the benefits of me facing my fear of failure. Until next time look for ways to impact the lives of those in this generation!