“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
Toddlers aren’t afraid of much, if anything, because they haven’t learned fear yet. They will try to stick their hands in places that they shouldn’t; try to put anything that comes their way into their mouths; walk into traffic without a care in the world, and a whole host of other things that we adults are terrified of, but, of course, we’re there to save them.
As I was walking from the parking lot towards a store today, a little tyke, barely a foot off the ground, walking ahead of me with his mom, turned and looked up at me, gestured for me to take his hand and said “come on”. I gave him my index finger, and he gladly took it and began to steer me towards the store with him and his mother. The little boy was the most adorable little thing, I wish I’d gotten a picture of him. Needless to say, that encounter made my day, and it also got me thinking that when we let go of our fears, and take action with the faith that things will work out, they do.
The Universe is there with a safety net to catch us when we step out in faith. Always.
It reminded me of a time many years ago, when I bought my first house. I stepped out in faith, and the Universe definitely saved me. I had just moved to a new city, and I’d decided I was going to buy a house before I even got there. It never occurred to me to wait until I got to know the place a bit better, or to make sure my job was secure before I made such an investment; I just had no fear.
So, weeks before my first day at my new job, I secured a mortgage, and made an offer on a house. I closed on the property just as I started the new job. It was a small, family owned business that I knew nothing about, and within six weeks, they had to terminate the newly created position they hired me for due to unforeseen circumstances.
There I was in new town, with a brand new house, six weeks in to a 15-year mortgage, with no income and no savings. Out of nowhere, I received credit card offers for cash advances at zero percent interest for 18 months, so I was able to carry the mortgage until I sold the house. Which I did, on my own, and for a profit when every real-estate agent in town told me I would have to sell it for less than my purchase price if I wanted to unload it fast. The Universe also sent me a special helper to make sure everything went smoothly.
Sometimes, grown-ups need to forget what they think they know, and take the hand of those innocent-all-knowing-tiny-souls and let them guide us towards faith – they know that we’re always taken care of.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!