Soft Dry Sand or Wet Firm Sand?
By Mavis Tipton
I enjoy walking on the beach from time to time. It is a great place to clear my mind of all distractions and focus on what the Lord would like to say to me.
I prefer to walk when the tide is out, and the wet sand is packed nice and firm so when walking on it I don’t sink.
One day as I was walking and noticing the foot prints in the sand, the Lord began speaking to me about the different footprints and where they lead.
In the soft sand there are footprints everywhere, all shapes and sizes. As you move closer to the water you can see the footprints and follow them until the next wave comes in and washes them away.
Then on the wet-firm sand footprints last only for a moment and they disappear.
Which footprints should one follow? For myself trying to follow the footprints in the soft sand is very hard. My feet sink in the soft sand, and there is seaweed to deal with, and my concentration to stay on course is distracted by trying to keep my balance and moving in the right direction, very quickly I can lose sight of where I’m going.
Following the footprints that remain until the next wave washes them away can become frustrating, trying to stay ahead of the waves and keep the next set of footprints in sight. These things become distractions and we easily lose sight of our destination.
On the wet firm sand, to watch the footprints your head is down and all you are seeing is the sand, sea shells, waves and anything that is lying directly in front of you. These are distractions to keep you from your goal as well.
The Lord was showing me that our walk with Him is similar, and it is up to us if we are going to allow distractions to take us off course or keep our focus on Him our goal.
We can choose to walk in the soft sand and follow many different sets of footprints that don’t lead us to our goal, but hey we are having fun and being carefree and there is always tomorrow to get back on track…right!
We can follow the footprints we see just ahead of us until a wave (circumstances) washes them away, and we become frustrated trying to find our own way, rather than keeping our eyes on our goal, and the One who can guide us.
When we choose to walk on the wet firm sand, the footprints disappear almost as soon as they are made. Our heads are down as we try to watch for each footprint. Keeping our heads down we don’t see the obstacles we may be headed for. Keeping our heads up and focused on our goal will help us to avoid those pitfalls and lead us to our goal.
Obstacles, hardships and circumstances help us to grow and mature, which is “the path that leads us to the Kingdom of God”. Quote by Jon Hamilton.
When I walk on the firm-wet sand my walk doesn’t take as long as it does when walking in the soft sand. I’m enjoying the things around me, as I keep my goal always before me. My walk helps me build strength, confidence and assurance, knowing I can go the distance, because my eyes are on the goal.
Soft Dry Sand or Firm Wet Sand? You have a choice, it is up to you. The Goal Keeper is waiting to guide you.
Rom.6:23“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus.”
Prov. 4:25“Look straight ahead and fix your eyes on what lies before you.”
Heb. 12:1-2 “Since we are surrounded by so many examples of faith, we must get rid of everything that slows us down, especially sin that distracts us. We must run the race that lies ahead of us and never give up. We must focus on Jesus, the source and goal of our faith…”