Rummaging through my desk drawers the other day, I ran across a stack of poems. They were from a poetry workshop class I took a couple years ago and were written by students in the class. There were several well written poems, but my mind kept wandering back to my favorite poem. It's a poem by Mary Stevenson called Footprints In The Sand. It's a poem about how, even though sometimes we cant see in the moment, God is always with us. When times are difficult we may feel like we are abandoned but it is really God's strength that carries us through those times.
I grew up with this poem hanging on a wall in my parents house. It wasn't the original poem, someone had re-written it just a bit so it would be in a rhyming format, but I was young and I loved to just stare at this poem and read it over and over again, and to this day I still have it memorized.
Footprints in the Sand
In deepest sleep one night I dreamed
that on the beach I walked.
God was by my side each step
and quietly we talked.
Then, on the sky, my life was flashed.
The visions all serene.
Two sets of footprints were there in every scene.
Then, I noticed, in some scenes
of suffering, pain and strife:
A single set of footprints at the worst times of my life.
"God, you said that you'd stay by me in good times and in bad.
Why, then, did you leave me each time my life was sad?"
"My precious child," God answered,
"when your life was in pain, I knew.
Those single sets of footprints
were the times I carried you."
As Joe mentioned this last Sunday, the Creative Arts team is going to start commiting a verse to memory each week to further ground our worship in the Word. Here's the verse for this week.
Day after day and night after night they keep on saying, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty-- the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come." - Revelation 4:8b NLT