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Footprints. . .

When I was in junior high school I loved to sleep outside occasionally during the warm nights of summer. I would lie down on a cot, and I would look at the stars in the heavens before I went to sleep. I quickly noticed that I could always depend upon locating the Milky Way, along with Big Dipper and the Little Dipper. After I grew a little older, I began to think of the stars as being God’s footprints in the sky. I could not imagine how anyone could look at those stars and still believe that there was no God—after all, He had left his footprints behind.

Several years ago I had the occasion to go for a walk along the ocean at Cannon Beach. Immediately upon walking out onto the beach I came upon a set of footprints in the sand. From the size of those footprints it was easy to guess that it was a woman and child who had gone for a walk not long before I arrived. I could tell this very easily because of the footprints they had left in the sand. After I had walked for several yards, I turned around to see the footprints I had left; and as I laughed to myself, I had the thought that, yes, I had been there, too—because, like the woman and child, I had also left footprints in the sand.

I will never forget the first time I walked up to the top of Glacier Point from the parking lot in 1970. I made that first visit to the park with my mother, sister, and younger brother. As I walked closer and closer to the top of Glacier Point, I watched nearly breathlessly as the top of Half Dome came farther and farther into view. The scene was quite breathtaking as the entire vista was finally laid bare before my eyes. Half Dome, Tenaya Canyon, Mount Watkins, Clouds Rest, Nevada Falls, Vernal Falls, and the Clark Range, to name a few points of interest, all came into view; and my first thought was that I was looking at more footprints of God.

God’s footprints are everywhere, just as Romans 1:20 tells us; and all we really need to do to see God’s footprints is to look and to be aware of the wonders around us. But we do not need to travel far and wide to see God’s footprints. They can also be seen in a baby’s smile, in the Lord’s Supper, and in the love we have for one another. What kind of footprints will we leave as we journey through life? That is a question that each of us must ask ourselves. 1 Peter 2:21 tells us that Christ left us an example that we should follow in His steps. That is something that each of us can do. We can’t all teach a class, lead a prayer or speak at the Lord’s Table; but we can all lead Godly lives, parents can raise Godly children, and we can tell others about Jesus. In some small way, we can all walk in the footprints of Christ.

Tom Broadbent