Footprints Not Seen
Today’s scripture selection: Psalms 75-77
Key verses: Psalm 77:19
“Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen.”
A number of years ago a poem entitled FOOTPRINTS captured the hearts and imaginations of many.
In it a follower of God cries out in frustration – thinking that God had abandoned him or her during rough times – only to learn that God had carried the weary follower through those times. That’s why there was only one set of footprints in the sand.
It may not be great literature. It’s not Dante. But it’s a nice little poem – and I, like many, have taken comfort now and then in its message.
But I also like the thought expressed in Psalm 77 – where we are reminded that sometimes we actually won’t see anyone’s footprints but our own. Is it because God is absent in those times? No – that’s not it. God is there – we just don’t see the footprints. They are invisible.
How many times can you imagine that God has been powerfully at work in your life – and you just haven’t seen it?
How many times have you seen the hand of God at work, but only “after the fact” in retrospect?
How many times have you thought – “Where’s God?” and then an unexpected call; an unanticipated solution or resolution; a seeming “miracle” right when you needed it – has appeared?
And you think to yourself, a little shamed, “Ah, God was there all the time!”
Footprints are funny things – especially when they are left in the shifting sand. Sometimes they are God’s; sometimes they are ours. Sometimes they are visible – sometimes not.
But God is at work. God is always at work.
Thanks be to God.
Prayer: Lord, help me to stay strong in my faith, trusting your presence, even when I can’t see it. AMEN.