Footprints - A New Version
Imagine you and the Lord Jesus are 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
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, you and Jesus are becoming one.
This goes on for many miles, but gradually you notice another
change The footprints inside the large 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
Stops. Starts. 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 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; 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
A time to weep, a time to laugh, A time to mourn, and a time to