If you hadn't noticed the UK is currently covered under a blanket of snow. Yesterday here in Leicester it snowed all day. In a gap as the snow fell lighter I went out yesterday afternoon to check the bird feeders.
In the light snow under a tree one set of of footprints tracked their way to the feeders.
Those footprints got me thinking about the famous footprints poem.
One night a man had a dream. He dreamed
he was walking along the beach with the LORD.
Across the sky flashed scenes from his life.
For each scene he noticed two sets of
footprints in the sand: one belonging
to him, and the other to the LORD.
When the last scene of his life flashed before him,
he looked back at the footprints in the sand.
He noticed that many times along the path of
his life there was only one set of footprints.
He also noticed that it happened at the very
lowest and saddest times in his life.
This really bothered him and he
questioned the LORD about it:
"LORD, you said that once I decided to follow
you, you'd walk with me all the way.
But I have noticed that during the most
troublesome times in my life,
there is only one set of footprints.
I don't understand why when
I needed you most you would leave me."
The LORD replied:
"My son, my precious child,
I love you and I would never leave you.
During your times of trial and suffering,
when you see only one set of footprints,
it was then that I carried you."
As the day went on the little birds footprints were slowly covered and know longer was there any evidence that the bird had been there.
So often that's how it is for each of us. Just like the footprints when the tide comes in and covers the trail. What then came the question what happens when we when I no longer can see even the one set of prints in the snow or sand as I journey. What things are there to help see in the good and the bad times those moments where God picked us up and carried.