Footprints in the Sand
Imagine you and the Lord Jesus walking down the road
together. For much of the way, the Lord's footprints go along steadily,
consistently, rarely varying the pace. But your prints 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: your footprints that once etched the sand next to the
Master's are now walking precisely in His steps. Inside His larger footprints is
the small 'sand print', safely enclosed. You and Jesus are becoming
This goes on for many miles. But gradually you notice another
change. The footprint inside the larger footprint seems to grow larger.
Eventually it disappears altogether. There is only one set of footprints. They
have become one.
Again, this goes on for a long time. But then something
awful happens. The second set of footprints is back. And this time it seems even
worse. Zigzags all over the place. Stops. Starts. Deep gashes in the sand. A
veritable mess of prints. You're amazed and shocked. But this is the end of your
Now you speak. "Lord, I understand the first scene with the
zigzags and fits and starts and so on. I was a new Christian, just learning. But
You walked on through the storm and helped me learn to walk with
"That is correct."
"Yes, and when the smaller footprints
were inside of Yours, I was actually learning to walk in Your steps. I followed
You very closely."
"Very good. You have understood everything so
"Then the smaller footprints grew and eventually filled in with
Yours. I suppose that I was actually growing so much that I was becoming like
you in every way."
"But this is my question. Lord..
Was there a regression or something? The footprints went back to two, and this
time it was worse than the first."
The Lord smiles, then laughs. "You
He says. "That was when we danced."
By Mark Littleton
No longer Anonymous
Posted: March 1999
Author Found: February 2004
In February 2004, we were contacted by the author of this great poem!
Mark Littleton wrote this take on the famous "Footprints in the
Sand" poem, and it's from his book "Escaping the Time Crunch". Mark Littleton is the author of
several books, including "A Place To Stand", "What To Do When God Doesn't Follow Your Plan",
"Tales Of The Neverending", and more.
We are thrilled to reunite yet another "anonymous" poem with
its rightful author.
from the book
Escaping the Time Crunch
Mark R. Littleton
Moody Press, Chicago