When we first arrived here, a lovely lady at our church came up to us and said that the Lord had spoke to her about us. She said that “He has already laid out the path for you...He has already walked where you will walk. You are just retracing His footsteps.” It was encouraging to hear that, especially since we were new here and pretty clueless!
Last week, we went to do a little sight-seeing at the Giant’s Causeway with some friends. While we were there, we got the notion to climb onto the top. While we were standing at the base looking up, we were unsure about finding a path upward. We thought, “Let’s just climb up a few rocks then reassess. At that point, we can figure out if this was a stupid idea.” Surprisingly, as we went along we found that there were little ways to the top that we hadn’t seen from the base.
When we reached the peak, I started to think of how important it is to obey God in spite of uncertainty. If we knew the layout of events in time, there would be no need to rely on Jesus for the next step. We need to need Him.
The other night we were at the Trinity College ecumenical service to open the academic year. Towards the end, the speaker said these words: “This year we will walk in the footsteps of Christ. We will never assume we have arrived; rather, having caught our breath and gained refreshment, we will be ready to take the next step...wherever that might lead.”
In each university here in this land of “saints and scholars,” we know that the Lord will do amazing things through people who trust God for the next step.
The picture below is of the old library at Trinity College. Every single book here is a first edition.