Before Me And Behind Me

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This "Picture Prayer" is my version of "Footprints In The Sand" (see below).

Sometimes, I absolutely need God to carry me through the storms (as in "Footprints In The Sand"), but sometimes, I just need His presence to help rather than carry me through.  What I appreciate most is that He promises to go before us to prepare the way.  He promises to go behind us, to help fix our mistakes.  He promises to lay His hand of blessing upon our heads.

What a gift to be captured in His grace!

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 only one.

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.”

© margaret young