you and the Lord Jesus are walking down a beach together. For
much of the way, the Lord's footprints go along steadily, consistently,
rarely varying the pace. But your footprints are a disorganized stream of zigzags, starts, stops, turnarounds, circles, departures, and returns. For much of the way, it seems to go like this, but gradually your footprints come
more in line with the Lord's, soon paralleling His consistently.
Jesus are walking as true friends! This seems
perfect, but then an interesting thing happens: Your footprints that once etched the sand next to Jesus'
are now walking precisely in His steps.
His larger footprints are your smaller ones, you and Jesus are becoming one. This goes on
for many miles, but gradually you notice another change. The footprints inside
the large footprints seem to grow larger. Eventually they disappear altogether. There
is only one set of footprints they have become one. This goes on for a long time, but suddenly the second set of footprints is back. This time it seems even worse! Zigzags
all over the place. Stops. Starts. Gashes
in the sand. A variable mess of prints.
are amazed and shocked. "Lord, I understand the first scene,
with zigzags and fits. I was a new Christian; I was just learning. But You
walked on through the
storm and helped me learn to walk with You." "That
is correct." "And
when the smaller footprints were inside of Yours, I was actually learning to walk in Your steps, following You very closely." "Very good. You
have understood everything so far."
“When the smaller footprints
grew and filled in Yours, I suppose that
I was becoming like You in every way."
"So, Lord, was there a regression or something? The footprints separated, and this time it was
worse than at first." There is
a pause as the Lord answers, with a smile in His voice. "You
didn’t know? It was then that we danced!"
To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: A
time to weep, a time to laugh, a time to mourn, and a time to dance. Ecclesiastes 3:1,4.