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I love the poem “Footprints in the Sand”. It reminds me that Jesus not only walks with me when I need Him but at times He even carries me. I can depend completely on Him when I feel inadequate.
Footprints in the Sand
One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
other times there were one set of footprints.
This bothered me because I noticed
that during the low periods of my life,
when I was suffering from
anguish, sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints.
So I said to the Lord,
“You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you,
you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life
there have only been one set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most, you have not been there for me?”
The Lord replied,
“The times when you have seen only one set of footprints in the sand,
is when I carried you.”
By Mary Stevenson
We all need someone to be there for us in difficult times.
I woke up to the sound of the phone ringing. I looked at my alarm clock. Three a.m.
I heard my dad talking on the phone in serious tones. He was asking about my older brother, Ervan. When I heard him ask, “Is he going to live?” I knew something terrible had happened to my brother.
For the next few months most of my parent’s time was given to visiting my sick brother in the hospital. When he was finally well enough to come home they were busy taking care of him. They had to prepare special meals for him, and feed him, and change his dressings among other things. In time he healed and became independent again.
While my brother was sick he depended on my parents. My parents never neglected the rest of us but like a shepherd caring for a lame lamb until he is healed they had to give him a lot of extra care. During this time I’m sure my brother developed a very close relationship with my mom and dad because they spent so much time together.
There are times in our lives too that as His child God has to carry us. We depend on him completely. Sometimes it’s as we go through a difficult time in our life, like a divorce or an illness, or a financial crisis. When situations are out of our control and we feel lost He comes and walks the dark hills reaching His hands out to us and carries us back to that safe place close to Him. He cares for us as we depend completely on Him.
A shepherd has to leave his other sheep as he looks for the lost or hurt lamb, and a parent is forced to neglect the healthy child temporarily because of their limitations. Unlike the shepherd and our parents, God isn’t limited. He is with us 100% of the time while He is with the extra needy 100% of the time. He never leaves us or forsakes us.
“If a man has a hundred sheep, and one wanders away and is lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others and go into the hills to search for the lost one?” Matthew 18:12 [The Living Bible]
“God has said, ‘I will never, never fail you nor forsake you.’” Hebrews 13:5 [The Living Bible]
I want to walk with you spiritually this year, inviting you to read the Bible through from cover to cover; from Genesis 1 all the way to Revelation 22:21. If that sounds too difficult for you and your kids, you can join in again after you have taken a break or join us for the days you’re up to it. We will start on Sunday, January 18th and finish Saturday, January 16, 2010. I promise that you will understand the Bible in a much deeper way if you read it through from cover to cover in a year’s time.
Accept my challenge to read the Bible through in one year chronologically, including the Old and the New Testament.
Day 27 Today read:
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