As a four year old cuddled up next to my daddy watching a televised Billy Graham on a random Saturday night, I looked up at him and asked “Who is God?” That question put wheels into motion that lead right to where I sit today! I still picture the large gold flower print couch and still see the somewhat surprised (maybe a little guilty) face of my dad as he tried to give an answer.
Last night my TV screen replayed Billy Graham’s Memorial Service at the nation’s capital via C-SPAN. Undoubtedly the Rotunda setting and powerful audience provided an austere backdrop. However the speeches, the prayers, the deep respect and honor given to this servant of God shone like a beacon of the glory of God.
When the evangelist’s body arrived at the capital, nine members of the Honor Guard carried the box, each of their steps called out by the commander who stepped to his own command as well.
Not a foot stepped until the command “Ready, Step” was heard. The regular rhythmic cadence of command call, then foot fall lent a seriousness and respect to the task at hand.
Partial Bible verses flooded my mind instantly. The evangelist would have been pleased that even in all the attention given him in death — he still impacts the world for Christ, and this girl’s thoughts were focused on God and His Word.
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord … Psalm 37:23
… the sensible man considers his steps. Proverbs 14:15
The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9
A man’s steps are from the Lord, how then can man understand his way? Proverbs 20:24
The evangelist certainly knew all these to be true in his life and his death.
My thoughts linger today and my prayer lifts “my steps” up to the Lord. It can’t just be every few steps in response to His command. Every footfall, every action, every word, every decision — or my life’s rhythm is off, God-given tasks are not completed or haphazardly so, the respect for God and His role in my life wanes.
“Every” shouts Impossible! on this side of the blue sky for me and all mankind.
Thoughts lead to prayers which lead me to love deeply and depend on the One whom I call Helper, Redeemer, Forgiver, Sacrificer, Commander. I know the ONE who calls my steps and He is faithful and trustworthy!