Archive | July 20, 2013

Footprints In The Sand


One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the LORD.

Across the sky flashed scenes from his life.  For each scene he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: one belonging to him, and the other to the LORD.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand.

He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints.

He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life.

This really bothered him and he questioned the LORD about it:

“LORD, you said that once I decided to follow you, you’d walk with me all the way.

But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why when I needed you most you would leave me.”

The LORD replied:

“My son, my precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”

Mary Stevenson

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He will Always Carry Us

When I’m reading a daily devotional this morning, I am reminded of a pastor when I was in college. The old pastor. If I’m not mistaken, at the time he was 72 years old and I often called him “grandpa” I always amazed to him! He was old but still serves God diligently and passionately. One day, I asked him: “why do you still want to keep on serve to the Lord? Would not it be better if you start to take more rest and reduce your activity?” He smiled and said, “My jobs have not been finished. Under conditions like this I just realized how lucky have Jesus.”

I am deeply moved! What such an inspiring answer. Amazing! To be honest, I feel ashamed. At my age that much younger than him, I even often to give up easily and complaining. Then I asked him again: “Grandpa, May I know what your secret so that you stay strong and faithful to serve the God?”

“My dear Karin, I will show you something ” He replied and opens his old Holy Bible. “Please read carefully this verse” Isaiah 46:3-4: “Listen to me, you descendants of Jacob, all the remnant of the people of Israel, you whom I have upheld since your birth, and have carried since you were born. Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”

He said again: “In the womb until the hair is completely to white out God’s still going to carry us. He will always help and save us. God loves and appreciates every creation, especially we as humans He has created us very, very special. If so, why do we have to give up in our limitations? If we only rely on our strength, it does have limits, but by relying on God’s infinite then we will be able to do more, even though the world may be gone or we will not be able to do anything else.”

“Well, let’s take a look to another verse” He continued. Luke 12:6-7: “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” If sparrows are cheap only God noticed, if the number of hairs on our head was considered important by the Lord until he felt the need to count them, why we should be afraid and give up because of our limitations?”

My dear friends, how great God loves us, we are not only have awarded themselves eternal salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ, but also throughout life He promises inclusion, escort, rescue and protection throughout our lives. Gently He will always miss to cradling us to encounter the rapids of the world with all the hurdles until the end of our lives. My pastor knew that if he was given a breath of life on this earth that means he still has to work to give fruit. (Philippians 1:22).

God does not require our energy and limited ability, but our willingness. God will carry us with His power subdue the sky and enables us to do all the work. we will continue to walk past carrying all the twists and turns of life, overcome the steep ravines and hills, keep climbing until we can reach a peak where one day you will be with Him enjoying eternal joy without suffering and  lamentation. Our jobs have not been finished to proclaim God’s words, bring many souls to the Lord. Amen

 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”(Matthew 11:28-30)


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