Do you remember the song, “Footprints in the Sand”?
One night I had a dream. I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand, one belonging to me, and the other to the Lord. When the last scene of my life flashed before me, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that many times along the path of my life there was only one set of footprints. I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in my life.
This really bothered me and I questioned the Lord about it: “Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, you’d walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life there is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why when I need you most you would leave me.”
The Lord replied: “My precious child, I love you and would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”
Isn’t that song inspiring? God does carry us through every trial and trouble in life. But in reality, the location is not the sandy beach but the rocky road. In this rocky road of life, God would rather have us walk on our own two feet, in a spiritual journey of knowing Christ.
The reason is that we grow in faith while we walk with God on the rocky road of life. Often it is the only way we can find the strength of God. Throughout the Bible, we see people of faith who have faced their trials and troubles with the strength of God. In other words, they’ve learned to grow in their faith in God, while walking with him on the rocky road of life.
In Deut. 33:25, we see here that God did not spare the tribe of Asher from walking on the rocky road. He did better than carrying them on his arms. He gave the portion of the promised land to Asher, but he also equipped them with shoes of iron so they can inherit the land. This means that God gave them strength equal to the challenges they faced.
This Year, God shall equip you with shoes for the rocky road and strength equal to your days. Your part is to claim his strength for the journey.
I see here 4 promises of God for us for this New Year.
 “Footprints in the Sand,” http://www.sapphyr.net/largegems/footprints.htm (accessed January 9, 2010).