One of my favorite writers, though she can be a bit irreverent at times, is Anne Lamott. She wrote this:
“Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he’d had three months to write. [It] was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said, “Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.”
Such great wisdom from a father to a son. Such great wisdom for us, too. So often we get paralyzed and overwhelmed by the size or scope of the challenges in our lives. We stand before these mountains, overwhelmed, and then, all too often, we either sit down or sometimes just walk away. But there are times when God’s invitation is to keep walking forward, one step at a time. One step of faith after another. Sometimes the saying is true, “The first step is the hardest.”
So on this journey of faith, let’s take a cue from people of God down through the ages. When we get overwhelmed- which happens to us all at times—let’s take the next step in faith. Just another step. Just take it… bird by bird.