It snowed again, for the third week in a row, here in North Carolina.
As I was taking one of my daughters to work this morning, the Lord said, take a picture of your footprints in the snow. I said okay. I didn’t know where He was going with this, I mean I had an idea, but I wasn’t certain. So, I took a picture and proceeded to take her to work.
Most of us have either read or heard about the “Footprints in the Sand” poem. Basically it talks about walking with the Lord and how the author sees two sets of footprints in the sand, one is God’s and one is the writer’s. Then the writer talks about how he goes through life challenges and he only sees one set of footprints. The writer basically reminded God of His Words, that He would never leave or forsake him. The writer thought that God left him because during the hard times, there were only one set of footprints. As a reminder to the writer, God reassured and reaffirmed him of His words, and said that when the author only saw one set of footprints, it was then that God was carrying him.
So, where am I going with this? I’m glad you asked. When we’re going and coming on a regular day, we don’t see our footprints. We just know that we’ve been here, or we’ve been there. We only see our footprints when we’re walking in the sand, or snow, or mud, or anything that can be tracked.
Sometimes in life we go here and there, but it’s no evidence that we’re moving. We feel stuck. We don’t see our growth. We don’t feel our accomplishments. We don’t see the proof of how far we’ve come.
Not seeing the physical evidence of our progress can be discouraging. During these times, God doesn’t want you to give up, He wants you to keep going, because your growth or progress often reveals itself at every season of your life. There will be warm and sunny seasons. There will be rainy, cold and snowy seasons, amongst others, but each season has its advantages and disadvantages. There isn’t ever a perfect season, because we’re not perfect human beings and we don’t live in a perfect world.
Therefore, to think that when we reach a certain goal in life, then our life will be perfect, is a set up for disappointment. There will always be a challenge. There will always be sunshine and rain, but we must learn to take the good with the bad.
As we go through life (good and bad times), our response to what we go through are our footprints. If you could see those footprints, what would they say about you? If you’re reading this, I will tell you what I think your footprints would say. They would tell a story of how far you’ve come, in the midst of the sand, mud, snow, or whatever the seasons of your life brought your way.
You are still here! That’s great news! Sometimes life can make us feel like we’re playing the same old song, just a different day, and we can’t see how our life is changing for the better. We can’t see our footprint story. We don’t know what our footprints say about us.
We just know how we feel, but be encouraged! Feelings can’t be trusted alone, it’s about our perspective. If we could see those footprints, we’d be proud of how far we’ve come, and we will see that God has brought us a mighty long way. Like the author of the “Footprints in the Sand,” we too would see how God has carried us! Instead of us focusing on one aspect of our lives that we feel isn’t making much progress, we must learn to focus on the many other accomplishments we’ve made.
There’s a saying, “I may not be where I want to be, but thank God that I’m not where I used to be.” I truly believe that the key to happiness is being grateful. Let’s stop looking at how far we have to go, and let’s be grateful for how far we’ve come. Celebrating those accomplishments that may seem small or get overlooked, will empower you with the motivation and inspiration you need to reach new goals, and accomplish the dream in your heart, but don’t get caught up in the dream, or you’ll miss the blessings in the now.
The good life doesn’t start when you reach a certain pinnacle of success, it starts during the journey.