Saturday, February 5, 2005

Scavenger Hunt and "Footprints"...

I recently sent this out to a lot of friends in an email and got many wonderful comments back so I thought I would post it in my journal.  I think it is very beautiful.  I don't know who the author is or I would give them credit.  It is a "new version" of "Footprints"

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, turn-arounds, 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: Your footprints that once etched the sand next to Jesus' are now walking precisely in His' steps.

This goes on for many miles, 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 as they have become one.

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

You are amazed and shocked!

Your 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 Yours, I suppose that I was becoming like You in every way


"So, Lord, was there a regression or something?  The footprints separated, and this time it was worse than the first."

There was a pause as the Lord answered, with a smile in his voice.

"You didn't know?  It was then that we danced!!"

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to weep, a time to laugh, a time to mourn, a time to dance.

Ecclesiastes 3:1,4.

I hope you found that amazing like I did.  Now on to the Scavenger Hunt brought to you by Krissy from Sometimes I Think.  The subject was "cold".  We had a very sunny week here and most of our snow has melted in our town so it was hard to capure cold here.  I decided to take my camera along with me on my trip to Baltimore and see if I could find any "cold" subjects.  I give you these three pictures of "cold".  All of them were taken from a moving car window on a grey day so they aren't the clearest pictures, but I had a fun time.  There were so many missed opportunities as the car whizzed by frozen icicles and even snow falling that I couldn't capture.  That is okay, though.  Here you are:

The first are some kids playing in a school yard in the snow all bundled up!


The second picture is a small group of houses I found nestled in the side of a hill.  I thought it looked "cold".


The third and last picture is a mountain (I live in a very mountainous area!) that looks very "cold" to me!


I hope you enjoyed my pictures and I hope you all are warm and dry and taking time for yourselves and maybe even doing a little dancing!!  Take care all!


  1. I live in the mountains to. Where are you located?


  2. i read that someplace a while back and loved it....truely touching ;o)
    Peace, Renee

  3. Valerie, I love the new Footprints.  And I absolutely love your pictures also.  Very artistic!  -Krissy

  4. Very nice Val :o)
    Love your photo's too, you certainly captured 'cold'!!
    Sara   x

  5. I have enjoyed your pictures Val, they are lovely. Keep dancing and smilling.
    Sylvia x

  6. Lovely pictures, and they look quite cold...especially the mountains!  I love footprints, it's one of my favorite this version, too sweet :)


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