One night a man had a dream.
He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the LORD.
Across the sky flashed scenes from his life;
for each scene he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand.
One belonging to him and the other to the LORD.
When the last scene of his life flashed before him,
he looked back at the footprints in the sand.
He noticed that many times along the path of his life,
there was only one set of footprints.
He also noticed
that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life.
This really bothered him and he questioned the LORD about it.
"Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you,
youíll walk with me all the way,
but I have noticed that during the most troublesome times
in my life there is only one set of footprints.
I donít understand
why when I needed you most,
you would leave me."
The LORD replied, "My precious, precious child,
I love you and I would
never leave you.
During your times of trial and suffering,
see only one set of footprints,
it was then that I carried you."
Footprints With a Twist
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 footprints 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 Jesus', are now
walking precisely in His steps. Inside His larger footprints are your smaller ones, safely you and Jesus are becoming one.
This goes on for many miles but gradually you notice another
The footprints inside the larger footprints seem to grow larger.
Eventually they disappear altogether. There is only one set of
footprints; they have become one.
This goes on for a long time, but suddenly the second set of
footprints is back. This time it seems even worse! Zigzags all
over the place.
Deep gashes in the sand. A veritable mess of prints. You are
amazed and shocked. Your dream ends. Now you pray:
"Lord, I understand the first scene with the zigzags and fits. I
was a new Christian; I was just learning. But you walked on through the storm and helped me learn to walk with you."
"That is correct."
"... and when the smaller footprints were inside of Yours, I was
actually learning to walk in Your steps; I followed you very
"Very good. You have understood everything so far."
"...when the smaller footprints grew and filled in Yours, I suppose that I was becoming like you in every way."
"So, Lord, was there a regression or something? The footprints
separated, and this time it was worse than at first."
There is a pause as the Lord answers with a smile in His voice.
"You didn't know? That was when we danced."
To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:
A time to weep,
And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
And a time to dance;...
May you have a day that makes you feel like dancing with Jesus!
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