Step of Faith

   In the back of our house is a sliding glass door. When we originally looked at the house and once we moved in we knew the door would be difficult to navigate. That difficulty comes from the fact that there are no steps out the back door. Well, that is there was only one step out the back door, one step clear to the ground that amounted to about a twenty-six inch drop.
   Simeon would go out the door but not with a little encouraging shove from behind. He would come back in the door only if I picked him up and put him back in the house. At sixty-five pounds putting Simeon back in the house after each time he was out was not all that enjoyable.
   So, within just a couple of weeks we made a trip to the lumber yard and I built some steps out the back door. They turned out very well even if I do say so myself. They are handy not just for Simeon but for us as well whether we are just going to the backyard, taking the trash to the alley, or grilling burgers, not having to navigate that extra twenty-six inches just makes life a little easier.
   I noticed though now, every once in awhile when Simeon goes out or comes in he jumps. Jumps right past the steps into the yard or into the house. He usually uses the steps but occasionally he just skips them altogether! I do not do that, I have never been able to run fast, throw far, and in particular jump high, I’ll leave the jumping to Simeon.
   The practice intrigued me. Before the steps were in place he simply refused to do it, now that they are there he doesn’t always use them. I think there is something about that foundation under him. Just knowing the steps are there gives him the confidence to know he can use them if he wants but he doesn’t have to if he doesn’t want to. If he wants to take a little chance, a risk, and a leap of faith if you will, he knows that there is something there to support him.
   I had to wonder if that isn’t a little like the Spirit, like the Love whom we follow and trust is there for us. A leap of faith is not easy, but knowing there is Love, knowing there are those around us who will encourage us, lift us up, pick us up when we fall, and support us in our lives of faith, makes the leap a little less threatening.
   Good words to ponder today and another lesson from Simeon as I watch him jump and trust there is a foundation ready to hold him up.
   It is one of the many ways we seek to be faithful to God and one another here at the Hill, where you are one of the family. Here where there is always an open door, a safe space, a warm welcome, and a place at the table.

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5 Responses to “Step of Faith”

  1. Alastair (aka JRT) Says:

    All of us thank God for Simeon and his remarkable insights.

  2. Barb Starr Says:

    Beautifully written.

  3. Lloyd Hanna Says:

    We have a Chow-Golden Retriever and can match you pound for pound of combing leftovers …………

    Enjoyed your blogs and look forward to welcoming you personally.

    Yes we all like a saftey net or stairs or faith to be there.

    We have missed CHUM and the spititual leadership it provided in our lives.

  4. Alastair (aka JRT) Says:

    Lloyd — you used to listen to CHUM radio? I never found it particularly inspirational.

  5. littlerev Says:

    Alastair – The CHUM Lloyd is referring to is College Hill United Methodist… just a short way to refer. :O)

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