THE NEW "FOOTPRINTS"
Now imagine you and Jesus are walking along the beach together. For much
of the way His footprints go along steadily, consistently, rarely varying
in the pace. But your prints are in a disorganized stream of zig zags,
starts, stops, turnarounds, circles, departures, and returns.
For much of the way it seems to go like this. But gradually, your
footprints come in line with His, soon paralleling Him 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 large footprints is the
smaller "sand print," safely enclosed. You and Jesus are becoming one;
this goes on for many miles.
But gradually you notice another change. The footprints inside the larger
footprints seem 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.
This time it seems even worse than before. Zig zags all over the place.
Stop...start. Deep gashes in the sand. A veritable mess of prints.
You're amazed and shocked. But this is not the end of your dream.
Now you speak: "I understand the first scene with the zig zags, fits,
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," replies Jesus.
"Then, 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 more like
You in every way."
"Precisely," replies Jesus.
"But this is my question. Was there a regression of something? The
footprints went back to two, and this time it was worse than the first."
Jesus smiles, then laughs. "You didn't know?" He says. "That was when
FOR HE WILL TURN YOUR MOURNING INTO DANCING!!!!!!!
To the world, you may just be
somebody...but to somebody, you may be the world.
Bill Wilson, Metro Ministries