I am always taken back to the “Footprints” poem whenever I think of “HOW” God is doing something in my life.
I see the poem completely differently from the reality of it.
I think that those footprints when they become “one” at the end of the poem, perhaps it means
we can still see “our” steps, but we can’t see “His.”
It’s not that we find ourselves alone, though we think that sometimes. He is still very much there, its just
that if He allows us to see His footprints then the journey will not be worth the promise at the end.
Meaning, we have to go ” through” it and trust that He is there, and let Him “show” Himself in life situations, rather
than we just die tomorrow only knowing that Jesus died on the cross.
Of course yes, Jesus dying on the cross is a HUGE deal…but can we honestly say that we will come to remotely
understand the sufferings had we not actually allowed ourselves to be faced with our own, taken our own journey with
“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen;
it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.
Our faith is His footprints.
I feel like I am that person standing on the beach walking side by side with God, and then suddenly I don’t
see Him anymore.
He spoke something clear to my heart today, that I have to tell you I took for granted at first, because I figured I knew
“The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.” – Deut. 29:29
I was just talking to my friend about my frustration with God on a certain situation in my life. I have literally
just thrown my hands in the air, and then as I was talking to her, the verse came to my heart, and I quickly dismissed
BUT then I went to The LPM Blog, with Beth Moore and I am reading all the way through her blog, and I get to the end of it, to see a verse that God had
been speaking to her as well. And of course ladies and gentleman, it was indeed Deut. 29:29…
So the thing about all of this is, how can we be okay following his footsteps, and not know if somehow on the path,
we lose sight of them? We can be okay, because God already knows.
He knows every little thing that happens even as I write this. We may not have a total clue which direction we are walking,
from the east to the west. But He knows.
My heart is breaking so much for my friends in Tennessee. I know we have all stood together and prayed all over the country,
and I have been frustrated asking God, ” Why haven’t you stopped the waters?”
and yet the waters just keep rising.
Sometimes God also speaks to me in song. I live for music, and sometimes I am too annoyed with silence for it to
stay silent, so last night I just started hearing these song lyrics, ” Sometimes He calms the storm, other times He calms His child.”
I can easily think of any Biblical character and we can see this take place many times.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual 20 and commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace. 21 So these men, wearing their robes, trousers, turbans and other clothes, were bound and thrown into the blazing furnace. 22 The king’s command was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, 23 and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace.
This is the story of the fiery furnace. God didn’t save them from going into the fire. They still went into it. But what He did
do was keep them from burning.
It’s sort of like Peter walking out to Jesus on the water, and instead of Peter drowning, because He didn’t trust
Jesus enough, He was rescued out of it. Perhaps he may have swallowed a little salt water in the process,
but he lived through it.
You know the game ” Twister”, its one where the board says ” Right foot on red” etc. Well, I am finding if we really want
a good example on what its like to follow God’s footsteps then it is playing that game.
I have been thinking of Paul lately, because it looks as though my time in Savannah will be short lived. It looks like
I will be moving back to Florida. Its so heartbreaking, but for whatever reason, God is choosing not to
provide while I am here any longer. Last minute is last minute.
But its okay, because after the verse in Deut 29:29, and reading Beth’s blog post I am hearing God say to me,
” Angie, Just follow me, don’t ask questions, just move your feet.”
So I am moving my feet back to FL. Paul moved back and forth plenty of times throughout his ministry
trying to do as God asked. So I am going to say this is God just moving me and my ministry to a place
He needs me to be right now.
So whatever you are going through, whatever confusion you might be having with God’s plan for your life, and trying to ” figure Him out”, I promise you; if you allow yourself to become frustrated you will crack your brain.
Just trust Him. He’s got the blueprints.