There is an ancient Chinese proverb that says a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. The meaning of the proverb is quite simple, wherever you are trying to go or whatever your destination, it starts with you taking the first step to start the journey. In our journey to healing and restoration from the sexual sin, we must take the first step. Our first step may be that we have come to realize that we have a sexual integrity problem. For some of us it might be that have gotten to a point that we are sick and tired of being in bondage to sexual sin. However we get to that point in time, we must understand that we need to take a step forward to begin that long journey to recovery and restoration.
One thing about a long journey is that you will travel many types of roads. Some roads will be smooth and level. You may encounter rough and rocky roads. Some roads will have steep inclines and descents. When we are on our journey, we may not be aware that we will encounter all kinds of roads. We will have good days and not so good days. We will have days and times when the going is slow or that the road will be rough. In these times we need to remember why we started the journey in the first place. We need to have a “Why” for our journey.
The other thing that we encounter on our journeys is changes in the weather. We find that we travel through times of sunshine and clear skies while other times clouds and storms make our travel difficult and maybe even treacherous. On the journey we always must remind ourselves that we are not on this journey alone. God makes it abundantly clear in His word that He will never leave us forsake us. In the times of sunshine, we need to remember His promises to us that He will walk with us no matter what we face. We need to cultivate the attitude of gratitude. In the times of the storms, we need to remember the same things. In both instances God is always trying to reveal something to us about who He is and about who we are.
The journey is not so much about the destination, it is about what we learn on the way. If we are faithful to continue on the road to restoration and healing, we will find that the healing and restoration happen during the journey and not at the destination itself. So, take the first step and commit to seeing it through. Do not lose heart along the way and do not get comfortable at the places in the journey where the road is smooth and level and where the skies are clear, and the sun is shining. We do not reach our destination on this side of the cross; we keep walking because our destination is God himself.