I cannot believe that it is only one week from the final steps of 1,000 Miles. I remember reading a quote at the very beginning of this journey that said, "A journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step." While this quote is completely true, the first step was the easiest of all of them to take.
One Thousand Miles equals out to 2,000,000 steps (according to google). There have been many moments some where I believed with all my heart it would happen, some where I just didn't know if I could finish what I had set out to do, moments of pure excitement and mountain-top emotion, and others of frustration and defeat.
Nearing the end of this journey puts so much of the past months into perspective for me. I remember the difficult days, I remember the days of victory, I remember the physical pain, and yet so many days of God and His glory revealed have overshadowed the tough times.
I think about the story in the Bible of Joshua and the town of Jericho. In Joshua 6:3-5 it says, "You and your fighting men should march around the town once a day for six days. Seven priests will walk ahead of the Ark, each carrying a ram’s horn. On the seventh day you are to march around the town seven times, with the priests blowing the horns. When you hear the priests give one long blast on the rams’ horns, have all the people shout as loud as they can. Then the walls of the town will collapse, and the people can charge straight into the town.”
What a journey of Audacious Faith! Joshua convinces these men that the Lord has told him this is how they would conquer Jericho by marching around it day after day and then making a lot of noise and suddenly the walls would fall to the ground and they would be victorious. I wonder how weird they felt as the walked around the walls? Did they question Joshua's leadership? Did they question if God even existed? I really think they had to have many of the same thoughts that we have today when we set out on a journey of Audacious Faith.
The first step takes courage and it does take us believing so strongly that we set out on the course God asks of us, but the steps in between the first and the last take something so much more than even that of our courageous spirit and unwavering faith. Only when we see things the way God sees them, when we have a change in our perspective and commit to being persistent in the tasks God calls us to, only then are we able to reach the final steps of the journey one day.
I am so thankful for the faith that I have carried throughout this journey. I am thankful for the courage that it took for me to take the first step. Most of all, I am thankful for the perspective that I have been able to have as I have seen this journey the way my Heavenly Father sees it and the undying persistence I have had to complete each and every step in between the first and the last!