Luke 12:15-21, the man who stored up too much...
Dragging Our Feet in the Sand
I’m sure you have heard the poem about Footprints – by “anonymous”
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."
How do we know the only tracks in our sand are the footprints of Jesus and not ours? How does this actually happen for us? How many times might any of us look back on our own sand and see an occasional line dragging along, right beside His footprints – a line that indicates our own foot dropped down and dragged along as we tried to carry our own troubles, our own way?
I’d love to think my sand is ALL just His footprints, during my hard times…but I know better! I know the time I have wasted in worry with my mind pacing around in circles of thought, of dread, of anxiety – those are the times when I have slowed me and Jesus down by dragging my own foot in my own sand while he was still carrying me…like driving with the brakes on…
Now, Jesus – He spent some time here being human! He knows! In the Gospels Jesus says many times that His whole life is about doing the will of God:
[Jhn 12:49 NKJV] 49 "For I have not spoken on My own [authority]; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak.
[Jhn 14:10 NKJV] 10 "Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own [authority]; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.
How did Jesus remain so completely in the care, within the WILL of God the Father even through childhood, through adolescence, through young adulthood, through being immersed in teaching a three-year discipleship intensive ~~~ through betrayal, through unfair trial, through crucifixion? One answer: HE TRUSTED GOD THAT MUCH.. He knew God so well through studying the scriptures and through spending hours and hours in prayer that there was no question in his mind or his heart that he was fully lined up with his Father’s will; IN FULL TRUST HE LET GOD BE THE MASTER OF ALL HE SAID AND DID.
For us: we get distracted. Our wills can tend to wander! BUT HERE IS AN IMPORTANT POINT FOR US: BEING IN THE WILL OF GOD, for YOU AND ME, is not a simple either/or kind of thing! We don’t just step over some line into a new status, we don’t totally move from being a person who doesn’t live under God’s will to one who follows completely. Our feet still want to drop down onto that sand ~ when we think we have the answers, when we imagine that God has forgotten to carry us. It takes a lot of learning by experience, a lot of training for our spiritual eyes to see ~ not the details of the future, crystal-ball style, but training of our spiritual eyes to see AND TRUST beyond circumstances, training of our spiritual eyes to focus on the very BEING of God who is abundant love…IT TAKES TRAINING and experience for our wills to be fully given over to God.
We’re not expected to go totally limp, as we might imagine, as we might picture when we hear the Footprints poem. Looking to Jesus is how He carries us; and as we focus on Him, more and more of His own likeness forms in us till our footprints and His are one and the same.
We are in a special classroom right now! This is a great opportunity for us to learn trust, to learn hope, to learn love on levels we’ve not seen before, as we allow Christ Himself to power us, our decisions, our words – and the desire of our hearts.
God’s will is for us to trust Him.