Beginning things: the risk of stepping into the unknown

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was in the beginning with God;
3 all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.
4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

John 1:1-5

We all need to begin somewhere.

Starting a new phase of life can be challenging and scary. Whether it’s a new job, a new relationship, or a new project of some kind, all too often we put off taking that first step. It’s so much easier to stay in the comfort of well-trodden paths, rather than risk branching out into the unknown. It feels a whole lot safer to play around in those fields where we know we can be mostly in control.

But sometimes, circumstances mean you can’t do things the way you’ve always done them anymore. Or maybe you’re hearing that still, small voice calling you out of our comfort zone—and you know that “safe” and “comfortable” aren’t going to cut it for much longer.

Whatever new thing it is that you’re beginning, you can be assured that God has been there first. God, who has been there since the beginning, has walked these unknown paths long before we have. And God will be right there alongside us as we step out in faith.

So go on: take that first step. And trust that you are not alone, and that the journey which follows will be worth it.

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