Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me. (Psalm 119:133 KJV)
As I sat on the yellow school bus filled with pleased, but tired soon-to-be-graduating high school seniors,I was thinking about what was spiritually significant about my day’s event for me to discuss in my EmpowerMoment and the song Order My Steps by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir came to mind. I always loved hearing and singing this song when I was younger. The first verse goes like this:
Order my steps in Your word dear Lord
Lead me, guide me everyday,
Send Your anointing, Father I pray;
Order my steps in Your Word,
Please, order my steps in Your word…
These words indicate that the person wants God to guide him/her according to His word, to help him/her lead a life of Godliness, to chart a course that is pleasing to God, to give him/her grace to follow the Lord, keep His commands, and TRUST GOD. It takes trust to let someone lead you.
It was Monday, a day we often dread because it is back to routine for most, and I had to trust God step by step to get me through the day. I first had to trust God to be on time for work. I had to be at work at 5:45 a.m. (I, sadly to say, don’t always have the perfect on-time record for work or church). However, I had to take my students on a college tour and I was the only chaperone. We were going to an open house event so I wanted my students to benefit from this. All of my seniors going were accepted to the university we were visiting. When I have scheduled college tours in the past, with prayer, I have never been late for them, so I prayed Sunday night for God to once again wake me up early and get me to work on time. I woke up first at 2:30 and had only about four or five hours of sleep, but I didn’t complain because God answered my prayers. He not only woke me up, but early enough to pray and read some scriptures (which I shamefully admit, I dragged in doing so). I finally got out the bed at 3:30, got ready and called my ride to wake her up. I was going to take a cab to the bus station, which isn’t too safe, because buses near my house don’t run that early. However, I was led the night before to call a friend and ask her if she could give me a ride instead. Instead of taking me to the bus station, we agreed for her to take me a little further to the bus/train station in the city. She said as she drove me to the station that she had been trying to find some money she lost the other day so I felt blessed to be a blessing. However, she blessed me and said she would take me even further into the city. So I was not only on time but much safer.
She waited until I boarded the public bus to get me to the high school where my students and I would board the school bus to go to the university. As I walked the few blocks from the bus stop, I decided to call the district police station again (I had called twice this weekend but they kept telling me to call back). My mother had expressed her concerns for my safety, traveling so early and in a bad neighborhood, but I wasn’t worried much about myself. However, if something happened to my students that would be hard to face. So I called the police station again and asked if I could have police patrolling the area while we wait for our bus and that time they granted my request.
God is so good; sometimes my program isn’t guaranteed a good trip turnout but 17 students of the 21 showed up and the police came and patrolled, then sat and waited with us. Even some of my students carpooled and also waited with their parents. God used all of the concerns, preparations and prayers leading up to this trip to help me have a successful trip as well as understand that God surely protects and orders my steps. My students and I had a long day and much travel, but it was a great day and God gets the glory!
Thank You for ordering my steps. Thank You for protecting me and providing me with the grace to do what I have to do. I love You and welcome You to be my guide every day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to trust God. Let Him steer your life because He knows everything, He knows best and He wants the best for you.
Read a related EmpowerMoment: In His Place, In His Time
Ms. Tannika Moore loves the Lord and loves to write! Besides writing poetry or editing written work for family and friends, she currently works for NEIU Educational Talent Search program. She help assists Chicago public high school students with their reading, writing, etc. as well as helps them consider and prepare for college. She, like many of her students, is the first of her family to graduate from college. She earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in English-Professional & Technical Writing. God, the Creator and Great Father has also created her to be a Compassion Person and Encourager and so she loves to encourage people according to God’s Word and help them to see, think and become better through her support, actions and writing. Her favorite scripture comes from Philippians 1:6, For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you shall perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.