A Thousand Steps

Every now and then I find a scripture verse, poem, or part of a devotion that jumps off the page and seizes my attention. This morning I had one such moment.

If there are a thousand steps between us and Him, He will take all but one.
But He will leave the final one for us. The choice is ours.
Max Lucado

Do you ever feel that a thousand steps are separating you from God’s embrace? I sure do! At times He seems so far away, especially when I have stepped away from His plan for me.

Whether this separation is intentional or not really doesn’t matter. God will always take those first 999 steps to draw us closer. Why? Because He loves us! But ultimately, it is our choice to close that final gap. We can continue wandering aimlessly, or allow God to lead us back to safety.

After pondering this thought for a while today, a problem that had been troubling me for months no longer seemed so overwhelming. In fact, the solution became quite clear.

There is freedom in letting go and entrusting God to reveal His plan, even if it takes 1,000 steps.


I found Max Lucado’s quote, in Everyday Grace, a collection of 60 devotions compiled by Jill Olson and published by Ellie Claire. This lovely book caught my attention on Amazon right before the holidays, so I added it to my Christmas list. It was a special gift from my daughter, and I am savoring every page and illustration!