Ordering my steps by following Gods path.

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe. (NKJV) New King James Version

In July 1997, I visited Rockford, Illinois for the first time. I had recently buried my husband, and my father in law insisted that I come to Illinois. He was trying to offer comfort to me and my daughters while trying to understand his own sudden loss of his sons death from and aneurysm.

After a few days on the highway, I arrived in a new city that I’ve never seen before. He was awaiting our arrival and met me on the road. “ He said, stay put, I’m coming for you, and I’ll take you to the clock tower.”

Moments later, he and his wife arrived smiling and said follow us, let’s eat at the tower. I was so happy to be with my late husbands family. I felt strong, confident and bold. I felt that I was in a protected place with people who no matter my weakness were there to be a shield of protection for me and my small children. It eased my mind with clarity and direction in knowing that I had recently loss my soul mate, however his father exuded strength and assurance for me.

A tower is known for its height. The famous Leaning Tower of Pisa was built over 177 years. Shortly after building the 296 step tower, it began to sink into the ground. Close to a century later, taller floors were erected to provide balance and compensate for the for tilt of the building. The Eiffel Tower is in London. It was the most paid visited tower in the world. It was once hailed the tallest tower in the world, until the Chrysler Building was completed. It was the tallest building in the world for eleven months until the Empire State Building was completed in 1931.

As life has continued with me , I’ve had numerous challenges to overcome. With the demands of being a single parent, a child with a disability and numerous surgeries, a demanding work schedule, aging parents, and just the juggling act of keeping a balance life; my steps have been ordered by God. When I think about the initial meeting at the Rockford Clock Tower, little did I know that it would shape my life on a forever forging path. The symbolism of the Clock Tower:

1. Protection – Proverbs 2:11 “Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you. “ God will work it out for you.

2. Clarity – seeing things clear. Psalms 119:18 “ Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from your Law.”

3. Direction – Psalms 23:3 “He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name sake.” (ESV)

4. Confident/Bold – Philippians 4:13 “ I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”

5. Strong- Isaiah 40:29 “ He gives strength to the weary and increase the power of the weak.” Being strong is allowances to be able to stand through great force or pressure.

As you embark on your daily journey, lean on your tower. Ordering my steps by following Gods path has afforded me with guidance and movement. I’ve been given direction, boldness and movement. With movement comes change and development. What path are you on? Just like I arrived in a new city that I’d never seen before, I’m hopeful you’ll arrive into your newness as well.

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