Tuesday, August 22, 2006

CWO - In "Other" Words 8/22


"Salt, when dissolved in water, may disappear, but it does not cease to exist.
We can be sure of its presence by tasting the water. Likewise, the indwelling Christ, though unseen, will be made evident
to others from the love which
He imparts to us."

~Sadhu Sundar Singh~


The first thing I thought of upon reading this quote was the old saying "Just because you can't see something, doesn't mean it isn't there". There are those who question how you can believe in something...someone...that you can't see, feel, touch. I believe you can, just not in the normal sense of those words. Those questioning this are the ones that don't know Him, after all, if they did, they wouldn't be questioning this. They would know that He is always with you, that you can always feel His presence with you no matter where you are or what you might be doing. You can almost always tell someone who does know Him because of the way they act...or sometimes they don't have to be doing anything...they just seem to have a "presence" about them. They do something because they want to, because they have an urge to do it and sometimes they don't even understand why they are doing it but they know that He is the one leading them and they know that He will never lead them astray. These people aren't looking for any recognition for anything they've done. They don't need any outside recognition, they get all the reward they need from inside themselves by knowing that they are following His will and living their life the way He would want them to. They try to pass on His message to those questioning ones so that they may know what it's like to have Him living in them as well. They know that in the end, no amount of recognition, money, power, prestige, etc will get them anywhere. They know that He will always be here for them...because He is always with them. Sure they can't "see" him but they can feel him. And they know that even in their darkest times, in their times of greatest needs, that he walks with them.

Footprints in the Sand - The Poem

by Mary Stevenson, 1936

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 in 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."

7 comments:

MiPa said...

Lovely post my friend. Thank you for introducing me to CWO thru your blog.

Sissy said...

Enjoyed revisiting the footprints poem!!

Heather Smith said...

Great thoughts! I'm glad that God is there even when I don't understand!

Martha said...

What a comfort it is to know that He will never leave us nor forsake us. Even in the darkest hour He will be there for me.

Camy Tang said...

You can almost always tell someone who does know Him because of the way they act...or sometimes they don't have to be doing anything...they just seem to have a "presence" about them.

This is totally true! I've often met people who are Christians and it's as if the Holy Spirit in them calls to the Holy Spirit in me. It's wonderful!

Camy

ozark crafter said...

I never can see the footprints poem to much! thanks! And by the way, I have no more cross stitching after the berries! yippeee. Just sewing seams and such.

Jaime said...

I love the footprints poem. I am still trying to find the right footprints pattern....

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