Big days often are the culmination of many little steps. A multitude of seemingly tiny moments compound to reach this milestone of achievement. It seems to be the journey of a million miles that came together in the blink of an eye. When you turn around, it’s here. The long awaited is actually here. It doesn’t come without the effort. How exciting it is when the effort becomes reality!
Today is my youngest daughter’s high school graduation. I admit it has been a long year already and this is a day I wasn’t sure would even happen due to the virus, at least not physically. But as I think back, this all began with her first small steps in Kindergarten. There have been ups and downs, highs and lows, joys and disappointments. So much has filled the past 13 years. We have awaited this day but I am overwhelmed it is actually here. She’ll now start the next chapter and work towards a college graduation. There will be another journey of a thousand small steps.
Life gives us so many celebrations. We celebrate graduations and weddings. We celebrate anniversaries and birthdays. There is Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. We celebrate. And most often, if we take just a moment to consider it, we are blown away by the many steps it took to get to this celebration. We didn’t get to this point without effort. There is much joy because of all it took to reach the milestone.
Today, you may find yourself just beginning the next journey and the steps look overwhelming. You may be wondering how you will ever reach your next destination. It can seem so very far off. Or you may be in the middle of the journey wondering if you can do it. It can feel overwhelming and your body can feel so heavy as you travel. Just remember every step counts. Every single step teaches us lessons. Each step is an accomplishment, helping us to reach the ultimate goal. This step is important, so keep moving.
Celebrate the journey. Celebrate the milestones. Enjoy the steps, they all count.
23 Our steps are made firm by the Lord,
when he delights in our way;
24 though we stumble, we shall not fall headlong,
for the Lord holds us by the hand.
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