Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Footsteps, revised


You've probably heard of the poem, Footprints, where a person recounts his walk with Christ as footprints in the sand. He learns that when he thought he was alone, it's then that Christ carried him, leaving just one set of footprints. 

Great poem, but it leaves my ADD mind wondering how big God's feet are!.

I am spending a few glorious days with all of my children at Daytona Beach, which is an annual family trip. As they have gotten older, our activities and schedules have changed, leaving me now with a wonderful opportunity to take an early morning walk on the beach, while my college age children sleep in. 

Yesterday I llaced up my shoes and took off, ready for a walk with a beautiful view. I walked a mile one way and turned around to come back.

What I didn't expect to see was today's life lesson painted on a broad canvas   in front of me. 

I could see where my shoes had left their footprints on my trip out, but had inadvertently crossed over another random set of footprints, meeting at just one place before swerving off to a parallel yet far away path. 

I thought about how my life is like that. I have this great close moment with God and then kind of take off, still doing what God leads me to do but with a safe distance from being really and truly close to Him. 

What do I fear? That being really and truly close to God will put me somewhere uncomfortable and hard. Which actually, now that I think about it, is exactly where I want to be -- in God's plan for me. But I get all clenchy and bunched up worrying that I won't like it. 

But God has not given us a sense of fear-- but rather, power, love, and a sound mind. 

This morning, I went on another walk. This time, Instead of my lone footprints I saw a bunch of footprints, all going the same way. So maybe there's someone like me, on my same path -- learning and growing in Jesus. We all share a lot of the same fears and the same issues. By joining together as the body of Christ, we can encourage and walk with each other along the way. 

So...you want to go for a walk?