“Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God.” 1 Peter 1:18
When troubled or a loved one dies, my first reaction is to talk to God and then to minister. Who can give you more comfort especially when everyone you know is grieving also? God grieves, but stands strong beside you and ministers, ordained or not, are trained to listen to your cries.
The beloved poem, “Footsteps in the Sand” is about a person walking on the beach with God. Looking back at his or her journey, there are times with only one set of footprints. When questioning God, the famous line of the poem says, “During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.” Or a more modern version, “When you saw only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you and dragged you, kicking and screaming, like a spoiled brat.” (Author Unknown Edited by R.C. Lawrence 1996).
God is patient with his children. He wants only the best for each of us. An Earthly mother or father might abandon a child after suffering indefinitely with their behavior problems, such as addictions and criminal acts, but God keeps dragging us along. When we are totally worn out and can’t walk another step, he places us in his warm and loving arms and protects us from ourselves.
Lord, we don’t deserve such love, but we are grateful for your undying attention to our needs. Amen.