Photo Friday: Stairs

Stairs can be very symbolic. An upward climb, difficult, perhaps, but presumably towards something better.

I’m standing on the bottom step and I don’t know what’s at the top. I don’t even know if these are the right stairs. My stairs aren’t clean and clear. They’re messy and crooked. And maybe they don’t actually go anywhere, and it will have been hard, and exhausting, and I’ll get to the top, only to have to come down again.

Everyone’s stairs are something different. My stairs are all the things I want to say, the things I sometimes feel like I need to say. But I am standing on the bottom step. I haven’t said anything. There are all sorts of things I’ve started to say, essays I’ve begun to write, stories for which I have an intro and nothing more.

My stairs represent something more though, something more important. They represent a calling, the purpose I have in this world. My dad has written a lot about calling as he, at a different stage in life, struggles with it as well. In this, too, I am firmly on the bottom step, or, perhaps even, standing at the base of the stairs, looking up. I have no idea what God’s plan for my life is and it is becoming so frustrating. 

I hope your stairs are beautiful. And I hope you have firmly found your footing on them, whether you connect it to a greater purpose or simply a here-and-now. And, if you’re where I am? You’re not alone.

0 thoughts on “Photo Friday: Stairs

  1. Wow, written so profoundly. As you know I am new at this whole blogging experience but it's write-ups like these that helped me take the first, second and third step and so on….

    So thank you….and even though you may not know what God's plan is for you just yet I am sure you will take every step that you need to get there 🙂

  2. Interesting, your choice of steps. Both pictures come from Edmonton right? The second one apparently led nowhere(The Husband checked it out). But, in fact it did lead somewhere, just not where we expected, and maybe not where we wanted to go that day. Sometimes as we put that first foot on a step, to climb a set of stairs we think we are called to climb, we do it visualizing what is at the top and in fact, will bypass a set of stairs we think doesn't lead to where we want to go, even though we may be called to climb that particular way.

    Unfortunately, I continue to reflect on calling, continue climbing the various sets of stairs that I am on, with no idea of exactly where they lead. I try to visualize the top, just to encourage myself to continue to climb, but most days I just need to enjoy the climbing.

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