Updated: Oct 21, 2020
Have you ever had a need to really feel God’s presence?
You are not alone, we all have moments, days, etc. where we doubt or question why can’t I feel/see God as I once did.
There is a poem/prayer called Footprints or Footprints in the Sand, the author is Mary Stevenson and many feel a kinship with its phrases…
One night I dreamed a dream.
I dreamed I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
one belonging to me and the other to the Lord.
When the last scene of my life flashed before me, I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that many times along the path of my life there was only one set of footprints.
I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in my life.
This really bothered me and I questioned the Lord about it;
Lord, you said, “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 need you most you would leave me.
The Lord replied; “My precious child, I love you and would never leave you.
During your times of trials and suffering when you see only one set of footprints,
it was then that I carried you.”
God’s Word reminds us this way…
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV
"And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus." Phil. 4:19
God has promised never to leave or forsake us….but, that does not mean I always sense His presence. We need to be in His Word, pray and really search for Him.
I have had times when I have wanted to cuddle up close and be held, maybe read /discuss more with and about Him/His word.
There have been times where I sat alone in the shade contemplating life and talking to God. Then as if on cue a family of quail (bunny, duck, lizard) go by. God made the quail and me, and for a moment it is as if I was seated right by His side.
The sound and feel of rain (monsoon), maybe even standing in the rain allowing the water to run down me and pool at my feet, brings me to worship and a feeling of His provision for me.
To see the prickly cactus have a beautiful blossom or two during the hottest part of summer.
A friend calls out of the blue or stops over.
Perhaps the topic of a devotion or lesson in Sunday school is just what I needed to hear.
The message comes through and refreshes my heart/mind that I am NOT alone.
PRAY WITH ME...
Dear Heavenly Father-
Thank you for your creation all around us.
Thank you for creating me and guiding me through this process of becoming more like you.
Thank you for never leaving me and for at times carrying me like the poem mentions above.
Help me to continue to learn, love and grow in you.
Help me please, to remember that if I feel alone - my feeling is not my reality.
Thank you Lord for our church family.
Thank you for each opportunity you provide for me to be a blessing to others.
Continue to guide me, take care of our family, and help us to reach those who do not know you.
Thank you, even in the heat of the summer you provide monsoons and flowering cacti to remind us you are doing a work within us.
In Jesus Name, Amen