It’s a Day to Celebrate: Another Birthday!

Image found at: enlightenedwisdom.blogspot.com/2010/06/footprints-in-sand.html


Image found at: enlightenedwisdom.blogspot.com/2010/06/footprints-in-sand.html

Today,January 18 (My Blog was on the wrong time zone!)  Hope, my oldest daughter is 24 years old. What an amazing young woman in her faith, her perseverance and her loyalty. I am so proud of her, and not in the least bit, biased in any way! At some point in high school, Hope ran across the poem, Footprints in the Sand, and it became very special to her. We’ve spent a lot of time at the beach as a family, so the scene with her Jesus is a place very near and dear to her heart! I found this new version recently, and so I share it with you, to honor her and celebrate her 24 birthday. We moms are very partial to our children’s birthdays. It’s a celebration of the day you gave birth to their life. Amazing gift in the depth, width and breadth of love.

FootPrints: Revised

Imagine you and the Lord Jesus are walking down the road together. For much of the way, the Lord’s footprints go along steadily, consistently, rarely varying the pace.

But your footprints are a disorganized stream of zigzags, starts, stops, turnarounds, circles, departures and returns.

For much of the way it seems to go like this, but gradually your footprints come more in line with the Lord’s soon, paralleling His consistently.

You and Jesus are walking as true friends!
This seems perfect, but then an interesting thing happens.

Inside His larger footprints are your smaller ones, you and Jesus are becoming one.

This goes on for miles of your life, but gradually you notice another change. The footprints inside the large footprints seem to grow larger.

Eventually they disappear altogether. There is only one set of footprints. They have become one.

This goes on for what seems a long time, but suddenly the second set of footprints is back.
This time is seems even worse! Zigzags all over the place. Stops. Starts. Gashes in the sand. A variable mess of prints.

You are amazed and shocked. Just short of despair, you dream ends.

Now you pray:

Lord, I understand the first scene, with zigzags and fits. I was a new Christian. I was just learning. But You walked on through the storm and helped me learn to walk with You.

“That is correct.”

“And when the smaller footprints were inside of Yours, I was actually learning to walk in Your Steps, following You very closely.”

Very good. You have understood everything so far.”

When the smaller footprints grew and filled in Yours, I suppose that I was becoming like You in every way.”

“Precisely.”

“So, Lord, was there a regression or something? What did I do wrong? The footprints separated and this time it was much worse than at first.”
There is a pause as the Lord answers, with a smile in His voice.

“You didn’t know? It was then that we danced.”

Author Unknown: (If you know, please let me know 🙂

Hope, always remember you were made to dance with your Lord. I love you more than you can ever, ever, ever imagine, mom

Hope, 2.5 years old at the Beach

9 thoughts on “It’s a Day to Celebrate: Another Birthday!

  1. Pingback: Footprints -- Revisited | The D'Silva Diaries

  2. So I finally got to reading the post today. Loooved the poem and the picture 🙂 Oh and all of the compliments as well. Just kidding. If I can grow to be half of the woman you are, I would consider myself very lucky! Thank you so much! Love you!!!

    • Hey Hopie: I had just a few nice things to say ;). You will grow up into your own beautiful identity in the Lord! What a beautiful thing. So welcome! You should have seen me trying to scan that picture. It was upside down for a while. Love you more, mom

  3. Do you remember that I had a dream, long before she was born, that you and I were shopping for girl baby clothes. I was waiting in the nurse’s station at the hospital for her to arrive. She had lots of beautiful black hair. Didn’t you pick her name because you liked that TV show? It really seems like yesterday. She is so beautiful, inside and out. Happy Birthday dear Hope! (I tired to comment on the 18th, but I was having issues, so it is a few days late)

  4. Dearest Niece,
    I first met you at the beach….what a special time. What a special person you are! Love from your Aunt Lu

  5. Hopie,
    I can’t believe that you are 24—already! It seems like yesterday at the beach when you were in a tiny babybed in the closet so that all of us loud relatives would not wake you up with our laughing and cutting up. Oh, but did I mention it was a walk in closet the size of a room?!! 🙂
    We are so proud of you and what you are doing with your life. Have a great birthday!
    Hugs,
    Uncle Toby and Aunt Char

    • Good Morning! Yes How time flies! And how amazing she is. . .as she grows! Yes, we would pick rental units that had huge walk in closets, put a night light in there and she was tucked close so we could hear her every move, but she was buffered from the “noise” you rowdy ones make with you fun 🙂 Love to you all! twe

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