I was unpacking a few more boxes the other day. This sea of moving boxes in our house is overwhelming, but if I take one box at at a time, I can do it.
I decided to tackle the bathroom. We have an ocean theme with a fish shower curtain, lighthouse wall-hanging, etc. On the counter I placed the decorations from our old home, a jar of shells from the ocean and the Footprints Poem given to me by my college roommate.
The poem tells the story of a person walking along the beach and looking back at the footprints. He notices that at the hardest times in his life, there is only one set of footprints and he asks the Lord, “Why?”
Often I just look at the poem and smile, not really reading it. But two years ago today, July 25, 2009, we lost a baby and almost lost me. After giving up too much blood and moving towards unconsciousness, the ambulance came and carried me away from our mountain camp. What followed was heartbreak and loss of strength for me.
Then one day when back home, I was in our ocean bathroom and read the Footprints Poem again. When I came to “It was then that I carried you” I finally understood. God carried me through that first miscarriage and two more miscarriages with the prayers and love of friends and family, and by His own grace and mercy.
Now, two years later, we are expecting again. This dear baby is six months along and by God’s grace he will make it to his due date! But the Lord in His great sense of humor, decided we needed a little more action in this pregnancy, calling us to a new job and home.
Once again, I feel overwhelmed by changes and a sea of boxes and baby hormones…but I read the Footprints Poem and God’s Word, and I am reminded — Jesus is carrying me!
Today’s TEA CUPP: Are waves of trouble pounding against the beach of your life? Or, do you have a friend whose sand castles are collapsing? Write out the Footprints Poem and claim God’s Promises. He will carry you all the way home!
The eternal God is your refuge,
And underneath are the everlasting arms. Deuteronomy 33:27 (NKJV)
Also Known As “I Had a Dream”
One night I dreamed a dream.
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.
When the last scene of my life shot before me I looked back at the footprints in the sand. There was only one set of footprints. I realized that this was at the lowest and saddest times of my life. This always bothered me and I questioned the Lord about my dilemma.
“Lord, You told me when I decided to follow You, You would walk and talk with me all the way. But I’m aware that during the most troublesome times of my life there is only one set of footprints. I just don’t understand why, when I need You most, You 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.”
Margaret Fishback Powers, 1964