Matthew 11:28-30 “Footprints in the Sand”
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
Having a bad day? Week? Year? Feel like you have 10,000 pounds on your shoulders? When you feel like you can’t handle it, God says, “Here, let Me carry that.” Here’s a really famous poem that is sort of a metaphor about this passage:
One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the LORD.
Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: One belonging to him, and the other to the LORD.
When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times of his life.
This really bothered him and he 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 needed you most, you would leave me.”
The LORD replied: “My son, My precious child, I love you and I 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.”
When your burden is heavy, take it to God, and He’ll help with the burdens. There’s nothing like an Infinite Helper to carry you in your time of need. Everyone has those times in their life when life’s challenges get intense. We can’t stop focusing on making each moment as positive as possible. In those moments when we’re exhausted, we can’t allow our minds to focus on the negative. We have to focus on making things better. More importantly, we have to remember that God will take your stress and make your load light, and your soul will have peace. Just give it to God when you need to; that’s what He wants you to do!
A personal message...
“These devotions were written to my four children, Christian, Mike, Allison and Alex. By the kids allowing these to be shared publicly, our hope is that the devotions will make a positive and eternal difference in the lives of other young people as they mature. Enjoy. Rick Isaacson”