A Variation on "Footprints"
"Imagine in a dream you and the Lord walking down the road
together. For much of the way, the Lord's footprints go along
consistently, rarely varying the pace. But your prints are a
disorganized stream of zigzags, starts, stops, turnarounds,
departures and Returns.
For much of the way it seems to go like this. But gradually, your
come more in line with the Lord's, soon paralleling His
and the Lord are walking as true friends. This seems perfect, but
interesting thing happens: your footprints that once etched the
the Master's are now walking precisely in His steps. Inside His
footprints is the small 'sandprint', safely enclosed. You and
becoming one. This goes on for many miles. But gradually you
change. The footprint inside the larger footprint seems to grow
Eventually it disappears altogether. There is only one set of
They have become one.
Again, this goes on for a long time. But then something awful
second set of footprints is back. And this time it seems even
all over the place. Stops. Starts. Deep gashes in the sand. A
of prints. You're amazed and shocked.
But this is the end of your dream. Now you speak.. 'Lord, I
scene with the zigzags and fits and starts and so on. I was a new
just learning. But You walked On through the storm and helped me
'That is correct.'
'Yes, and when the smaller footprints were inside of Yours, I
learning to walk in Your steps. I followed You very closely.'
'Very good. You have understood everything so far.'
'Then the smaller footprints grew and eventually filled in with
that I was actually growing so much that I was becoming like
'But this is my question, Lord. Was there a regression or
footprints went back to two sets, and this time it was worse
The Lord smiles, then laughs. 'You didn't know?' He says. 'That