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: Your
footprints that once etched the sand next to Jesus' are now
walking precisely in His steps. Inside His larger footprints are
your smaller ones, you and Jesus are becoming one. This goes on
for many miles, but gradually you notice another change. The
footprints inside the large footprints seem to grow larger.
they disappear altogether. There is only one set of footprints
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. 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.
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
actually learning to walk in Your steps, following You very
"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."
"So, Lord, was there a regression or something? The
separated, and this time it was 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!"
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, and a
time to dance.