by Sandy Kirby Quandt
Perhaps you are familiar with the poem, Footprints in the Sand?
According to the website of Mary Stevenson, she is the anonymous author of the poem said to be written in 1936. Wikipedia says there could be several other authors of the poem.
Seems confusion abounds as to who wrote the poem, but whoever did pen it left a clear description of Jesus’ love for us that states Jesus never leaves, and oftentimes carries us through our struggles.
The Apostle Paul tells us whenever we are weak that’s a good thing, because when we are weak, then the power of Jesus works in us to make us strong.
Our strength does not come through anything we could possibly do on our own.
Our strength comes because Jesus is carrying us.
While there may be confusion as to who indeed penned Footprints in the Sand, there should be no confusion, whatsoever, that Jesus Christ does indeed carry us when we are too weak and weary to make the journey on our own.
When we find ourselves in a difficult place might I suggest we do what Jesus asks us to do?
Lay our burdens on him. Cast our cares his way. Lean into him and be comforted by his promise to never leave or forsake us. Jump into his loving arms and allow him to carry us.
As the poem says, it is at our lowest, most trying times in life that Jesus picks us up and carries us, burdens and all, until we have the strength to walk beside him.
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Give your burdens to the Lord. He will carry them. He will not permit the godly to slip or fall. Psalm 55:22 (TLB)
I wish you well.
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Thank you, Sandy, for this blog that I needed to read this morning. My husband, Paul, has had severe stomach pain and has not been eating hardly anything for over two weeks. Xrays showed no blockage so the doc ordered an ultrasound that he had last Friday and that revealed he is “filled with gallstones.” Today he is having an endoscopy. Meanwhile the surgeon is not available until September 30! Thank You, Father, that You have under control what I can’t control and for the assurance that You will carry us through this.
Oh, Marlene…I read the previous email you sent regarding Paul’s need for surgery, but having to wait until Sept 30…:( I’ve been where Paul is and understand the pain he is in. Oh, Father, You are the Great Physician and Healer. You knit us together in our mother’s wombs. You put in the things you wanted in, and left out the things you wanted left out, including gallstones. Because of that, we can rest in the calm assurance you are in control, and have gone before Paul and Marlene, smoothed the path, and will carry them the whole way. Thank you.