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The First Step

This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 10-11

Years ago, God gave me a vision for my life.  Literally.   It was a vision I had no clue how it would come to fruition or even when.  It was a vision I doubted in some of my darkest hours and to be honest, part of the vision I misinterpreted.  It was a vision I fought to hold on to and a vision I sometimes wanted to forget.  At the time it was given to me, I did not see how it would come to pass; I surely did not think I was qualified for the role; nor did I understand why me.  But in the years since, over 10 years, the vision is coming to pass in unexpected ways.   And although it took me stalling and falling, the key to my journey began with the first step.  I still don’t know all of the steps to my journey, but I do know to trust God’s hand in my journey.

So did the journey of the Israelites.  Enslaved in Babylon, their city left desolate, all they knew was what they saw.  Jeremiah sent a letter to the captives in exile that was directly from God.  In that letter, God promises a future for the Israelites – one they could only envision – of freedom. They didn’t have to understand or know all of the details, but they did have to trust that God knew what He was doing and that which He promised He was also able to perform (Romans 4:21).  If God has given you a dream or a vision for your life, trust Him and the vision He has given you.  Although it is hard to not worry about the details, all God requires of you is to take the first step and then the next.  And guess what happens when you do? You begin to understand that God REALLY does know what He is doing.  And you also know the first step starts with faith.