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Friday, June 12, 2009

A New Version

New version of
Footprints in the Sand

Imagine you and the Lord Jesus walking down the road together. For much of the way, the Lord's footprints go along steadily, consistently, rarely varying the pace. But your prints are a disorganized stream of zigzags, starts, stops, turnarounds, circles, departures and returns. For much of the way it seems to go like this. But gradually, your footprints come more in line with the Lord's, soon paralleling His consistently. You and Jesus are walking as true friends.

This seems perfect, but then an interesting thing happens: your footprints that once etched the sand next to the Master's are now walking precisely in His steps. Inside His larger footprints is the small 'sand print', safely enclosed. You and Jesus are becoming one.

This goes on for many miles. But gradually you notice another change. The footprint inside the larger footprint seems to grow larger. Eventually it disappears altogether. There is only one set of footprints. They have become one.

Again, this goes on for a long time. But then something awful happens. The second set of footprints is back. And this time it seems even worse. Zigzags all over the place. Stops. Starts. Deep gashes in the sand. A veritable mess of prints. You're amazed and shocked. But this is the end of your dream.

Now you speak. "Lord, I understand the first scene with the zigzags and fits and starts and so on. I was a new Christian, just learning. But You walked on through the storm and helped me learn to walk with you."

" That is correct."

" Yes, and when the smaller footprints were inside of Yours, I was actually learning to walk in Your steps. I followed You very closely."

" Very good. You have understood everything so far."

" Then the smaller footprints grew and eventually filled in with Yours. I suppose that I was actually growing so much that I was becoming like you in every way."

" Precisely."

" But this is my question. Lord... Was there a regression or something? The footprints went back to two, and this time it was worse than the first."

The Lord smiles, then laughs. "You didn't know?"

He says. "That was when we danced."

By Mark Littleton
© 1990

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: A time to weep, a time to laugh, a time to mourn, and a time to dance.

Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4

4 thoughts:

Tammy said...

That made me smile. What a wonderful thought...dancing with the Lord.

love and hugs~Tammy

LisaShaw said...

Aww, I smiled and cried as I've truly had a conversation similiar to this with the LORD at various times in my life.

Beautiful sharing dear sister and your warmth, love and support at my blog is such a reflection of the fact that our Jesus is so alive in you.

You are indeed one with Him and I'm sure He's dancing with you!

Love you.

Unknown said...

Oh Karen. I loved that. It brought back to my mind...the very life I lived before knowing Christ.


Thank you dear friend, for your sweet love on my darling daughter. You are much the encourager! She is going to love your page! Especially the songs!!

weezie said...

This made me smile! I like the "new version". Dancing with Jesus---LOVE IT!!!

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