“Footprints in the Sand” are a short poem that tells a story about a person walking with Jesus. In the joyous days of his life, he sees two sets of footprints in the sand, one set his own and the other, those of Christ. Suddenly, trials and tribulations arrive in his life. Unexpectedly, he sees only one set of footprints in the sand. He asks the Lord why He left him at his most dire moments. Jesus then reveals to him that during those times of difficulty and trouble, Jesus carried him, which was why there were only one set of footprints.
This is an inspirational story about Jesus Christ’s promise that He will never leave us nor forsake us, a promise that will never be broken. As Christians, we can testify that in the times when we need Him the most, our Lord is always there. Even in regular days, when we think nothing is wrong, the Lord continues to work and remains faithful. The Bible reveals the extent of God’s faithfulness:
“If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful; he cannot deny himself.” – 2 Timothy 2:13
Regardless of our shortcomings and lack of faithfulness, the Lord remains faithful. Therefore, on God’s side, He will always walk with us and His footprints will always be in the sand, walking with us or carrying us.
What if the situation was reversed? What if it was Jesus walking in the sand and He asked you to walk with Him? Will you be able to walk with Jesus all the way or will you leave Him at times when you are having difficulties? As Christ’s co-workers, it is expected that we will experience trials of our faith.
“That the trial of our faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.”– I Peter 1:7
It is sad to say that there are times when we do only God’s work for reasons other than we love Him. There are instances wherein a person is involved only in a certain church work because his crush is there or his parents are involved in that work and he is obligated as a child to also be involved. There are also examples when we only do God’s work because we receive financial benefits from doing it or we are comfortable in it and so on and so forth.
The list is figuratively endless. The difficult part is when these reasons suddenly disappear and you are placed in a situation wherein the things you do not like are needed in order to do His work. Will you still be able to walk with Him?
What if your crush or the person you are infatuated to, decides to stop and back-out from serving the Lord? What if your parents grow weary of doing His will? What if you have no more money? What if you become ill? What if a series of misfortunes enter your life? Are you going to set judgment and blame the Lord for all these? Will you still walk with the Lord?
Jesus Christ, on his part, will always carry us when we face difficulties in our lives. He makes certain that all things work together for us who loves Him.Our Lord’s undying love and continuing faithfulness must be the reasons why we will walk with Him.
The good thing about doing His will is that He will always be the one to carry us. Whether the difficulties we are facing involves our personal lives or we are experiencing trials as we do His will, Jesus will always carry us. The only thing we need to do is to continue on the way of Christ.
Regardless of our shortcomings or our weaknesses, we must continue. Whatever we may see along the way or what we may experience. We must continue. Whatever the situation may be or we may be in a condition that is disadvantageous to us, the main thing is to continue.
Remember, the hardships of this life can never be compared to the glory that will be revealed to us.Jesus Christ’s footprints will always be in the sand. He will always be with us and He will never forsake us.