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As many of you know, I cannot see well in low light. In fact, if I do not have the elbow of a trusted friend to hold onto, I use my white cane to navigate the path. I try not to put myself in vulnerable situations; in unknown spaces, or without knowing how many steps are before me until I reach my final destination.

Landscapes are tricky, as are people. Put the two together and you have life.

This particular evening, I uncharacteristically committed to an event without knowing all the details. By the time my driver arrived to the location, the sky had fallen dark. I felt as if I had been dropped off on a different planet. None of my surroundings were familiar … from the people to the city. I could see nothing clearly, only making out shapes and hearing voices.

I found myself at the mercy of the kindness of a stranger and my faithful white cane, standing cautiously at the bottom of a steep hill which led to a home. All I could make of the home from my small position was warm, golden lights shimmering like pennies.

I stood in front of the first step of many which seemed to have no end — at least no end in my sight. The path up the steps was unbalanced, broken with varying landings which veered to the left and to the right. I became intensely frustrated numerous times, my body temperature rising, my heartbeat jumping into my throat.

I felt very humbled.

I honestly thought at one point, “Tiffany Kaye, if it weren’t for the fact that you have no idea how far you have left to go, I’d turn yourself right around and start the miserable walk down. But at this point, I don’t know if you are halfway there or almost there!”

And then … I arrived. In my mind, I arrived 2,222 steps later, but I arrived. In truth, it was probably close to 100 steps later, but perception is often our reality, right?

And I was so glad I entered.

Landscapes are tricky, as are people. Put the two together and you have life.

Oftentimes, we are the tricky people and our stuff makes up the tricky landscape. We can get in our own way when we can’t see the big picture — when we can’t see how many steps are required to safely arrive at our destination.

But here is the deal: God requires our faith more than our skills and talents. He already has enough skills and talents of his own. He already knows the big picture — He created the canvas.

Faith doesn’t always feel safe, but walking with God is always a safe decision. It is faith and his grace that gets us to his house — to our treasures in heaven. And, yes, my friend, it is oftentimes a humbling journey up the path, but he will provide his merciful savior for us to lean on and he will provide his word as an accurate guide to lead us each step of the way.

What would happen if you took the pressure off yourself today and allowed God to lead?

Isaiah 48:16, NIV: “‘I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.’”

SGLY, dear readers.

(Smile, God Loves You.)

Tiffany Kaye Chartier is a Christian writer, an opinion columnist and a fine art photographer. To submit feedback on SGLY or to offer a specific topic idea, please contact Chartier at news@amtrib.com. Follow Chartier on Facebook: facebook.com/tiffanychartier and Twitter: @tiffanychartier.