I’m continuing my discussion about my word of the year, Walk. Physically, I’ve really amped up my workouts, especially with the better weather. But this word speaks more of my walk with God than of the exercising type.
Last weekend, my dear boy got married. It was a small wedding, but charming. We had a lovely time. Though I hoped for a lighted carriage to whisk my beautiful new daughter-in-love away with my son, he decided on his bright red Jeep, newly washed from a light rain shower.
But I thought of how special his bride must have felt. He treated her like royalty throughout the service and reception just like his daddy treated me. I remember climbing into my groom’s car, almost thirty years ago. There’s a feeling of being taken care of. Of protection, and care. Even without a Cinderella carriage.
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
Reminds me of the formerly anonymous poem, that’s older than I am, called “Footprints.” It’s about a man who had a dream about his life. As he viewed the events, he could see two sets of footprints, one for him and one for the Lord. Except when he reached some of the most devastating moments. There, he only found one set of footprints. When he asked the Lord about it, the Father responded that He would never leave his precious child. The single set of footprints belonged to God as he carried the man through his greatest trials.
(Apparently, Footprints in the Sand is copyrighted to Mary Stevenson who wrote it in 1948.)
After all, we are considered the Bride of Christ. Just as a typical groom guards and carries his bride into his home, so our Lord guards and carries us through the difficulties of our lives, if we commit to walk with Him.
Your Turn: How has the Lord recently carried you?