My grandson, Ryan, loves Galveston beaches. Ryan is 13 years old. He is 6'1" tall, and is made of muscle so weighs around 200. He also wears size 14 shoes. I think two small families could live in that kid's shoes. So, on the beach, he leaves big footprints. It made me think of the poem - Footprints in the Sand .
One night I dreamed a dream. As I was walking along the beach with my Lord. Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand, One belonging to me and one to my Lord. After the last scene of my life flashed before me, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that at many times along the path of my life, especially at the very lowest and saddest times, there was only one set of footprints. This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it. "Lord, you said once I decided to follow you, You'd walk with me all the way. But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life, there was only one set of footprints. I don't understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me." He whispered, "My precious child, I love you and will never leave you Never, ever, during your trials and testings. When you saw only one set of footprints, It was then that I carried you."
I know that as Ryan walks along the shore, the waves can wash away those big footprints.....but, as our young man learns to walk with Jesus, the journey he walks will stay in his heart....and that second set of prints never fade, because God is always with him. Hebrews 13:5 For God has said, “I will never, never fail you nor forsake you.”
Ryan has given his heart to Jesus and as he stepped out of the baptistry, his amazing journey has begun, one BIG footprint at a time side by side with Jesus.