When The Way Is Steep

When the way is steep in front of us, do we concentrate on the incline, believing it insurmountable, or do we take the climb one step at a time?

During a hike Pilot and I took in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the climb was STEEP. He was familiar with the trail and led the way. Because the trail wound through the trees, it was difficult for me to tell just how steep the climb would be until we were already on it. The higher we climbed, the steeper the incline.

At one point, I stopped to catch my breath and gazed upward. The path seemed insurmountable to my exhausted legs. And lungs. I told Pilot I didn’t know if I could make it. He said to take it one step at a time.

Well, the higher the climb, the closer together I placed my feet, until they were barely one in front of the other.

The climb was daunting. It was arduous. I doubted I would make it. I wanted to quit.

But I didn’t.

When I arrived huffing and puffing at the top of the trail, I looked back. I’d conquered the climb I feared insurmountable.

Life can be a lot like that climb. The way is steep. It looks insurmountable. And we don’t believe we can possible take one more step forward. We’re weary. We’re tired. We want to quit.

We cry out to God.

He tells us to keep our eyes on him, not on the steepness of the incline. He’s familiar with the trail. He’ll lead the way. He tells us to take it one step at time.

Even if that one step barely inches us forward, forward motion no matter how slow or difficult, eventually leads to the summit. After we reach the summit and look back, we’ll realize with God’s help we conquered the climb we feared insurmountable.

When the way is steep and life events seem insurmountable with inclines which leave us gasping for air, let’s keep our eyes on God. Taking life one step at a time.

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Give strength to hands that are tired and to knees that tremble with weakness. Tell everyone who is discouraged, “Be strong and don’t be afraid! God is coming to your rescue… Isaiah 35:3-4a (GNT)

I wish you well.


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4 thoughts on “When The Way Is Steep

  1. Thank you for the fresh illustration about making the climb with God. Your post reminded me of the times I spent on mountain trails many summers ago. Blessings.


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