Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Carry Me - June 18, 2009

I am not the smartest person I know. I am a coward. I would rather be like Jonah and run away than do what God wants me to do. But I also know that from the experience of people like Jonah, I better just step up to the plate and take my swing. God will let it happen, whatever that may be.

Sometimes, I just want to sit back, lay my head down and sleep. Sometimes I want to let someone else do the work. Well, okay, a lot of the time, I want that. But I know that if God wants me to do it, I better do it. No matter what it is. Some days he wants me to lead. Some days he wants me to follow. I am content in whatever he wants me to do. But if I am going to do something outside my comfort zone, I know that God will be going before me, paving the way and easing the burden of the situation. I may feel uncomfortable, but I will remember that God put me here and he can carry me when I can’t go on.

Footprints in the Sand
One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
other times there were one set of footprints.
This bothered me because I noticed
that during the low periods of my life,
when I was suffering from
anguish, sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints.
So I said to the Lord,
"You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you,
you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life
there have only been one set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most,
you have not been there for me?"
The Lord replied,
"The times when you have
seen only one set of footprints in the sand,
is when I carried you."

Mary Stevenson

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