When walking on the beach, I prefer making my own footprints rather than following the prints of someone else. They may be too far apart or too close, or perhaps going a direction I don’t want to take. One set of footprints brings to mind that well-known poem where two sets of footprints change to just one as the Lord carries us through the hard times. That set of footprints is evidence of someone’s presence and a reassurance that we are not alone.
Today’s verse refers to a time when the Lord’s footprints were not seen. The Israelites were led through the Red Sea. God’s mighty power brought them out of bondage but there were no footprints to follow. There was no precedent. It had not been done before. Those mighty waters blocked their way, but they obeyed God’s command to enter them.
There may not be footprints to follow as I walk by faith and not by sight (II Cor. 5:7). There are times the Lord asks me to step out without seeing the next step so clearly. He always reassures me of His presence but I sometimes wonder if I am on the right path. Does He really want me to go through those waters? Isn’t there an easier way?
I doubt God is really leading me when I see the path strewn with obstacles. Something in me expects the path to be smooth, straight and relatively easy. But He does lead me through deep waters. He does it to show me His incredible power. He does it to increase my faith. And He does it so that I will depend on Him.
Lord, lead me today, even without footprints.