Sunday inspiration: Footsteps in the sand

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One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
“Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You’d walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.”

He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you.”

– by Mary Stevenson

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Hello Gang,

It’s a beautiful new week and the above poem is dedicated to you as you trudge on in 2016. I heard an analogy today in church which I would love to share with you, beautiful people.

Here we go:

A woman carrying an heavy load of (probably) basket filled with tubers of yam (assuming she was coming from the farm) stood by the road side waiting for a cab or lorry or truck to help her to town.

A kind driver came along and parked beside her, urging her to hop in with her load. So she entered and gingerly sat at the back, balancing the heavy basket of farm produce on her laps.

Driver: “hey, woman…you may put the basket beside you on the seat since you have the whole of the back seat to yourself”

Woman: “stuttering. ..no, thank you sir. But I don’t want to burden the car too much nd I’d rather let the basket be on my laps

Driver: “whether it’s on your laps or on the seat, you both are in the car already and it really makes no difference on the car. See?”

The journey to town from the farm side may be likened to our 2016 journey. ..We are the woman and God is the driver.

So, hop into the car with Him and don’t forget to take a deep breath, relax, recline, burrow into the soft fabric of the plush seat, inhale the calming fragrance of the car, drop your basket of produce, worries, et al in the car and simply enjoy the ride while remembering the following verse…1 Peter 5:7:

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Blessings,

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