Five Steps Behind

All my life, I’ve been the girl with a plan. By the age of eight, I already knew everything I wanted out of life. I used to feel sorry for people who didn’t feel that certainty early on—people who stand at their high school graduations with no answer to the question of what they plan to do with their lives.

Now I feel sorry for the people who do have an answer—the people who set out to do everything they’ve planned to do since they were eight years old only to find out it wasn’t what they wanted after all. The people who spend all their lives focused on the goal and miss the everyday miracles that take place around them.

I was that girl.

I am that girl.

And now, I’m finally learning not to be.

This year has been one of transition for me, and I had hoped it wouldn’t take the entirety of a year for me to find my purpose for this season of my life. But alas, December has come and I’m still hoping, still searching for direction.

Last night, I finally gave voice to my fear that this may be exactly where God wants me right now. Like, what if He actually took me seriously when I told Him I want to be a candle that shines alone in the dark? What if the whole time I’m tugging at my hair in frustration, God is sitting up there in heaven saying, “Sorry, sweetheart, but you asked for this”?

I feel like the rug has been ripped out from under my feet and I’m looking at the world from a whole new vantage point (on my back, on the floor). And while, it’s a painful thing, it’s also a surprisingly beautiful thing. Because in all the years I’ve been staring straight ahead, I’ve never noticed the intricacies of the ceiling pattern before.

Maybe God just wanted me to stop and marvel at the ceiling for a change.

I can hear Him now, whispering in my ear, “Little one, little one, why are you always five steps ahead when I’m lingering five steps behind?”

Over the past few years, I’ve talked a lot about embracing the moments and living the journey, but it’s not because I’m particularly good at that; it’s because it’s something I constantly struggle to do.

Last year was extremely hard for me. God stretched and challenged and broke me in ways I’d never been broken before. I guess you could say I was hoping this year would be easier. It was, but it wasn’t. Because, honestly, I don’t remember a thing.

I was too busy staring ahead, plodding forward, just trying to get on to the next big thing.

And I missed it.

I missed this year.

And I’m sorry it took me until December to finally notice the ceiling tiles.

So, while I’m not one for New Year resolutions, my goal for 2015 is simply to live it. To take this girl who walks too fast for automatic doors, and make her slow down and admire the simple things.

Because I’ve spent too much of my life trying to stay five steps ahead, and I’ve missed out on so many things.

From now on, I hope to be found five steps behind, lingering over the simple masterpieces of life.

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4 thoughts on “Five Steps Behind

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  2. Great post! I was just checking out some of the blogs I’ve bookmarked, and it was so strange reading this, because the last blog I read talked about the same exact thing! http://www.heartsfireforchrist.blogspot.com/2014/12/what-shall-i-do-with-my-life.html.

    I definitely can relate to this…like you, I had plans for myself since I was little. Then once I actually started college, I decided to switch gears entirely. And now, I’m kind of just living from one day to the next, leaving my future in God’s hands, and trusting that He will guide me to the next steps.

    • I hadn’t seen that blog post yet, so thanks for reminding me to check it out. (In case you didn’t know, I’ve known Ariel all her life. I’ve been both her babysitter and her pen pal.)

      It’s really cool when God starts pulling up the same points everywhere you turn around. Amazing how He reveals Himself in that way. I pray He continues to guide you on your journey and that you always, always, always listen when He starts speaking in those little ways.

      Live the Journey!

      • No, I didn’t know you knew each other that well! I can’t remember for sure, but I think I found your blog through hers, but I didn’t know you actually knew each other like that! That’s so neat!

        I look forward to more posts! 🙂

        ~Alisa

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