I was thinking about a couple things while we were at the Zagreb Botanical Gardens, watching Gracie power through her stride with her alligator walker. The first was: how sweet is she!! She was so proud of herself, so happy being outside in the sunshine with her family cheering her on, taking breaks only to sit and play/chew on gravel and stare up at all the pretty roses.
The second thing I was struck by is, how beautiful is this image? Here is precious Gracie taking steps... which is how life tends to move for all of us, moment to moment, whether we're young or old. Babies don't just go from being a newborn to waking up the next day walking. Gracie has been building up to this over the months, learning to sit, then scoot on her belly, then crawl, now practicing her stride before she's ready to let go and really walk. We know those are the general progressions most babies take, but they don't have the hindsight yet to know what comes next. I remember my Dad telling me in college that the older we get, the more the next step is usually blurred until we get there, that the Lord uses that to lead us by faith, to trust that He is right there with us, just as Cam is here for Gracie, even though she can't see him. She knows he's there though -- she can hear his voice gently encouraging her and guiding her back when she veers off the path, cheering for her, reassuring her that he's right there to catch her when she falls.