have you ever read this poem: footprints!

I was asked to pray during big church this last week.  And as I was praying about God’s love for us and his faithfulness to us I was reminded of this amazing illustration.

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 was one only.

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 has only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?”

The Lord replied, “The years when you have seen only one set of footprints, my child, is when I carried you.”

Mary Stevenson 1936

The problem was just as quickly as I thought of the illustration, my mind became overwhelmed with images of merch from Family Christian Stores. And all within one second, I was encouraged, humored, bitter, repulsed, and then encouraged again.  I didn’t have the guts to share this poem in church.  (for obvious reasons) But it did get me thinking, will this poem ever be able to be used again with out feeling overwhelmed by cheese?

How long do we need to keep these treasures in the vault before we can bust them out for the next generation? Do you have any favorites that need to be brought back? Or should they be locked away forever, and ever, and ever, and ever . . .