Friday, April 19, 2013

Just One Step {Held Secure}

When life is overwhelming, and we don't know if we can go on - all we need is, one step. Just take one step, and hold on.

That is what Abraham did, when God asked him to take up his family and all his possessions and travel to an unknown destination.

"By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place 
he would later receive as his inheritance, 
obeyed and went, 
even though he did not know where he was going." 
(Hebrews 11:8)

And I am completely overwhelmed with a journey that God is calling our family to travel. To leave our safe place, and travel to a destination that is unknown. This journey has a name - Juvenile Nephronophthisis (JN) - and Retinitis Pigmentosa - Senior Loken Syndrome" (RP-SLS). (A rare genetic kidney disease, and a very serious eye disease.) But we do not know the specifics of where this journey will take our sweet 14 year-old granddaughter, and all of us who love her so deeply.

It is unknown. And it is overwhelming - and we're not ready. Is anyone ever ready to take a journey with an unknown destination? I find that my heart is longing for the clock to stop - just please let time stand still - giving space and quiet to calm my pounding heart, and prepare my mind, and soul for this journey. We are not ready for this. We have not been trained in this. We are faint, and we are helpless.

Our sweet granddaughter, in some unexplainable, supernatural way, does not seem troubled or fearful; somehow she is equipped, prepared, and strengthened for this journey. For God gives grace in our times of need. And we are blessed by her simple faith and trust.

But I am in need - her mother is in need - all of us as family are in need. And by God's grace and mercy, I am reminded ... one step. Just take one step.

"If you take the first step,
God will reveal the second step ...
He gives us just enough revelation,
just enough grace, just enough strength. Why?
So we will live in daily dependence on Him.
He doesn't want us to rely on the revelation;
He wants us to rely on Him."
(Draw the Circle)

And a journey into the unknown - with Him, 
is more secure than a single step without Him. 
We don't need to know the destination - we just need to know Him. 

Thanking Him for this encouragement on the day after we learned the very difficult news that our granddaughter not only has the rare genetic kidney disease of JN, but also has the associated eye disease of RP-SLS, which occurs in only ten percent of JN cases. (Yes, loving Lord, we will take one step. Today. And one step tomorrow. And we will trust, and we will follow.) 

Click here for previous posts in this new series:   Held Secure: His Love in Times of Trial

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  1. Praying for strength & wisdom for all of you!!!

    1. Thank you, Misti - we greatly appreciate your prayers.

  2. I am so sorry for your news. Hold tight to Him. Trusting and waiting is so hard but brings such grown in our faith in these hard seasons. Praying for you and your family. It never seems fair when a child gets sick. But God surely has a plan and will give strength through the process! Blessings to you and thank you for visiting Inking the Heart! I appreciate your words!
    I thought I would share this but if you don't have time that is ok. Just thought you might be encouraged!

    1. Thanks for your thoughtful words - and for your prayers! Yes, such a difficult path - but so thankful that He has a plan and will be with us. Every step.

  3. Cherry, I know this is a very difficult journey your family has begun. The unknown is always scary but both of us know that we know someone who will hold each of your hands through every step of this journey and will bring you out into a bright spot.....

    I am so proud of your granddaughter and her witness to others and her family....I am continuing to pray you your family....Hold tight, Jesus will not let you go.....

    1. Nancy, thanks so much for your caring words, and for your prayers! So blessed to have friends who are praying ... and so blessed that Jesus will be with us. Every day, and every step.