Monday, March 12, 2012

Christ Carrying You

Have you ever felt so distant from God in your life or do you think this way, God is so distant from you at times when you need Him the most? As a result, has your faith felt struggling every minute of it? You knew that God was with you but it felt the very opposite of it?

I can’t really compare my life notes with yours but I certainly have my good share of situations like this. And let me tell you this, no matter how hard the situation is, don’t lose faith. Just keep crying out to the Lord for He cares for you more than you know.

Many times in my life I felt like this and my logic was always challenged. And it always amazes me how God is beautifully taking care of everything in my life. At the end of each overwhelming trouble, I always get surprised by the works of His hand.

I remember in high school reading a poem, if I’m not mistaken, entitled Footprints on the Sand. It overwhelmingly inspired me but through the years, I forgot about that poem. Then one day, I borrowed a book of 1000 Stories You Can Use Volume One from a friend where I had my second encountered with the said poem. But this time, it is on a story-telling version. Let me share you this:

One night a man dreamt that he was walking along the beach with the Lord. 
Across the sky flashed scenes from his past life. Each time he noticed that there were two sets of footprints on the sand: one belonging to him and another to the Lord. 
But he noticed that sometimes there was only one set of footprints. And as he could recall, this was always during the saddest and hardest days of his life. 
This bothered him and he complained to the Lord and said, “Lord, you told me that once I decided to follow you, you would walk with me all the way. But now I have noticed that during the most troublesome times of my life, there was only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why you left me just at the times when I needed you most. 
The Lord replied, “My child, I never left you at all during those times. You see only one set of footprints, because during those hard times I lifted you up and carried you.” 
—Navy Chaplain
I still find the story very inspiring. I could hear God telling me for the nth time, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life…” (Matthew 6:25). So there, never give up because Christ is carrying you.