Taking two steps back is not always a bad idea. It’s like reeling in your fishing line, needing to find a more productive spot. When first married, we both had nice vehicles. Taking steps back, we sold his, and traded mine for a new Ford truck, basic model.
We were not only learning about sacrifice, we became humbled. My dad gave us his work car. Not quite the dream car, yet, by this time, we were very thankful. One day, after driving back and forth to school working on my second degree, my car slowed with transmission clicking. Immediately, I began praying…”God, this car cannot work without a transmission, yet, it can work without air conditioning, please take the air.” It was like an immediate shift in the wind. The transmission smoothed and the air conditioner never worked again.
Steps in life are meaningful. Believing in God, we trust His Word. His Word promises when we seek Him, we find. He says to ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7,8) Of course, the scripture before this warns not to give dogs what is sacred and not to throw pearls to pigs.
God’s Word is full of warnings along with promises. He is God, our Father. He loves us beyond our mind’s comprehension. Too many steps taken away from His love. The enemy’s current is present, yet, weaker than perception tugging on our hearts to justify sin.
God is all-knowing. The Holy Spirit grieves as we take steps away. Jesus is interceding right now to God on our behalf. You are loved. Nothing in this world is more valuable than steps taken to be aligned with God’s plan for our lives.
Did we like being without air? No. Was it better to have a car without air, than having no car? During transitional seasons, decisions like these prove pleasing to God. I truly believe being at peace during this time, allows me to have a much nicer vehicle today. God is faithful. Seek Him- knock and let that door be opened. His way is perfect.