Little by little - let me tell you.

Though the long path is uncertain, You are so faithful to shed just enough light for me to see the very next step.   I now understand that this isn’t You being mysterious.  This is a great demonstration of Your mercy.

Too much revelation and I’d pridefully run ahead of You. Too little and I’d be paralyzed with fear.

So, I’m seeking slivers of light in Your Truth just for today and filling in the gaps of my unknown with trust.
— Lysa TerKeurst, "Uninvited"

Keep your eyes on Jesus, and you will do everything right.

It’s simple, but it’s not easy.

I’m the kind of person who needs a plan simply to get out of bed in the morning.  Outfit laid out, bag packed, to-do list on the table.  As much as I want to step into the truth of this statement – and as simple as it sounds – the how is hard to find.

I want to generate a step-by-step, systematic plan of attack for my right now from these words, but I know myself too well.  Before I know it, I’ll make “eyes on Jesus” a series of boxes to be checked: read my Bible, listened to a podcast, prayed while I walked to class.

That’s why this quote from Lysa TerKeurst’s new book lodged deep and heavy in my heart when I read it this weekend, borrowed in bed on a mountain of pillows with pneumonia. Sometimes the Spirit speaks a phrase into my life that lingers for awhile, even if I may not know why at first.  One day at a time were the words I heard on my drive down to fall semester, and I think I finally understand that the why behind these words is the how in the hard task of keeping my eyes on Jesus in the right now.

Because in the right now, the direction I am walking is draped in darkness, but I see Jesus up ahead, burning up the blackness so I see just enough to stay in step, free from my fear and fueled by His fire.  It’s no longer a mystery: it’s mercy.  It’s not easy: but it’s simple.

Little by little, He is lighting up the unknown.

This month, I’m challenging myself to participate in 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes – composing a post in five minutes flat based on the one-word prompts the lovely Christina at Creative & Free has designed.  While I won’t be posting every day, I hope this will motivate me to share small snapshots of my walk and wanderings more often in this space.  To see all of my posts from this series, click here.