Happy Fathers Day to all our Fathers! And, for all whose fathers are no longer with them, may you find joy and comfort, in your reflections and memories.
It’s refreshing to be reminded that God is with us at all times. Last week I shared this update on the story many of you know (Footprints) which is called “A Variation on Footprints”: I thought it worth sharing in print.
Now imagine you and the Lord Jesus walking down the road together. For much of the way, the Lord’s footprints go along steadily and consistently, rarely varying the pace. But your prints are disorganized, a 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 were etched in 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 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. They stop. They start. 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 understand 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.”
“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. He says, “You didn’t know? That was when we danced!”
May you remember the dance, whatever your situation in the coming week.