Tuesday, October 27, 2015

"One Step Enough for Me"

I am a planner by nature. For a number of years I used a Day-Timer® system, and then, after I moved to Utah, I switched to a Franklin Planner. At the beginning of 2008, I started transitioning away from a paper-based system by using a Google Calendar. That's what I now use exclusively—and I've got my family members using Google Calendars as well, so that we can readily coordinate. Each Sunday evening we review our calendars for the coming week, and that planning session is truly what keeps our family sane and functioning.

Walking by faith, however, doesn't always go according to a plan. I am not always able to anticipate and prepare for the coming week—or month or even hour. Though I long to see what lies ahead, I cannot always do so. As Boyd K. Packer has said, "Faith, to be faith, must walk to the edge of the light, and then a few steps into the darkness."

One of my favorite hymns, written in 1833 by John Henry Newman, reminds me of this truth while also comforting me that the Kindly Light that is Jesus will lead me on:
Lead, Kindly Light, amidst th'encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home,
Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me.

Gibbons, Larry W. Quoting Boyd K. Packer, "A Time for Faith, Not Fear." Ensign, July 2013.

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