A trail follows the contour of the ground. If it is trying to get over a hill there are switch backs going back and forth to gain the elevation. A short cut is to put steps in. Of course this is harder because of the fast gain in elevation. It is a lot more work to climb up steps than to hike on a trail with switch backs.
These steps were not the normal 8" steps you would find by a house. They were steeper, making it harder to get up them.
Life has some steeper steps at times. Are we willing to take them to reach our goal?
"The God who girds me with strength
And makes my way blameless?
33He makes my feet like hinds’ feet,
And sets me upon my high places."
Father I look to for strength and the wisdom to use it for Your kingdom.