Today’s Word: ‘STEPPING FORWARD’ as in… “Sometimes you have to go far in order to come near.”
For two months Henri Nouwen’s insight was constantly resonating in my heart. But on March 4th an alert I’d set reminded me: “It’s March 4th so get out there and March Forth, young man!” The March Forth Challenge is to make March 4th the day that we refuse to be deterred by the little voice that says, “We can’t, so we shouldn’t, so let’s not.” March is for Stepping Forward with “vim, vigor and vitality.” For some this is anything but easy. For others, though, there’s just not enough adrenaline to go around.
Queenstown is known as the adrenaline capital of the world. Seriously. Look it up. Adrenaline, Capital, World. Three words in one sentence. When I designed my sabbatical I wanted the final weeks to be challenging, inspiring, adventurous with adrenaline.
That’s why when we hiked to Devil’s Punchbowl Falls in Arthur’s Pass I raised my hands into the air and said “God, thank you for creating this, I’m stepping forward into it!”
That’s why when exploring the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and hiking Robert’s Point Track to the Franz Joseph Glacier, and standing on Isthmus Peak, and kayaking into an impossibly beautiful fjord and drinking water running off the mountainside filtered through live moss, I raised my hands into the air and said “God, thank you for creating this! I’m stepping forward into it!”
And that’s why I made a point to let people in Christchurch, Wanaka, Te Anau and Queenstown know that others whom they’ll never meet, with names they’ll never know, and whose stories they’ll never hear are with them standing against all manner of violence, hate, fear and injustice, and who continue to step forward into love with them.
Stepping Forward is a robust image for what’s ahead as we seek thriving rhythms of life together! How do you hear that call in your life today? Sometimes you do have to go far in order to come near. But that doesn’t always involve mileage. Sometimes stepping forward begins right where you are. I’m so deeply grateful we get to do this together! Aren’t you? What’s your next step forward?