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 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,
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
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. Stops. Starts. Gashes in the sand. A variable 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, following 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? It was then that we danced!"
To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose
under heaven: A time to weep, a time to laugh, a time to mourn, and a
time to dance.
Funny how you can send a thousand 'jokes' through e-mail
and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages
regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny isn't it?
Are you laughing? Are you thinking? Spread the Word and give thanks to
the Lord for He is good.
It's not WHAT you have in your life, but Whom you have in your life that
counts... Think about that.
I asked for a flower,
He gave me a garden.
I asked for a tree,
He gave me a forest.
I asked for a river,
He gave me an ocean.
I asked for a friend,
He gave me "YOU."