Some people are notorious for telling the same stories over and over, especially pastors. Come on, just go ahead and admit it. Since I first sat under his teaching, my pastor has taught through the entire Bible, book by book, verse by verse, at least three or four times. Our church body considers itself truly blessed. Even though many of us have heard similar teachings of his in the past, the messages are always fresh and anointed.
I don’t mind when he dusts off an old joke or pulls out a recycled illustration when it drives home the point so effortlessly.
Here’s one poem my pastor admits to reciting perhaps a little too often. You’ve probably heard it before, too. For reasons that will soon become obvious, this slight twist on the traditional rendition never fails to bring a round of hearty laughter in my church, as we all surrender to the truth it conveys.
One night I had a wondrous dream,
One set of footprints there was seen,
The footprints of my precious Lord,
But mine were not along the shore.
But then some stranger prints appeared,
And I asked the Lord, “What have we here?”
Those prints are large and round and neat,
“But Lord they are too big for feet.”
“My child,” He said in somber tones,
“For miles I carried you alone.
I challenged you to walk in faith,
But you refused and made me wait.”
“You disobeyed, you would not grow,
The walk of faith, you would not know.
So I got tired, I got fed up,
and there I dropped you on your butt.”
“Because in life, there comes a time,
when one must fight, and one must climb.
When one must rise and take a stand,
or leave his butt prints in the sand.”
— “Butt Prints in the Sand,” Author Unknown
Yeah, I laughed again. Just as I never tire of hearing these lines, I can’t deny my need for repeated reminders of my tendency toward disobedience. One backward glance at the many sets of butt prints I’ve left in the sand is all the proof I need.
Maybe you’ve heard a different amended version of the more refined original “Footprints in the Sand.” If so, please share it with us in the comments. Or, if this is a first for you, let us know what you thought.