What If You Can’t See God’s Footprints?

What If You Can't See God's Footprints?

Photo by Rebecca Barlow Jordan

My mom graduated to heaven a few years ago. The night before her funeral I was still struggling with not being able to see her just before she died. I looked for God’s footprints in all of it and coudn’t find them, even though I prayed and searched diligently.

That same night a terrific storm blew in–one that literally shook the house with loud thunder claps and lightning bolts that lit up the room in Mom’s house where I was trying to sleep. When the storm finally calmed, I turned on a nearby lamp and grabbed my Bible on the stand. When I opened it, the pages fell to the book of Psalms. I began to read through chapter 77. As if highlighted by lightning, these were the words that especially spoke to me:

The clouds poured down water, the heavens resounded with thunder; your arrows flased back and forth. Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind, your lightning lit up the world; the earth tremble and quaked. Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen. (Psalm 77: 17-19, NIV)

Where Are God’s Footprints?

Though heart healing  is a process and takes time, God helped me understand some truths that have continued to give me strength. I re-read those verses some months later and journaled my thoughts into a semi-prayer. I realized you can’t always see God’s footprints, and unlike the famous Footprints poem, you might not even see your own. But you know God’s been there, just the same. Here’s what He impressed on my heart about the truth in those verses:

Lord, sometimes You lead us directly through the sea and mighty waters (think Moses and the Red Sea crossing and the Joshua and the Jordan River), though Your footprints are never seen. We know it’s You, making a way, not through an easy path, but by the one that will give You the most glory.

Songs in the Night

Don’t we all prefer the easy way? No sickness, no financial problems, no death, no trials, no problems, no obtacles. But when we trut You, Lord, You will make a path. You may not leave visible footprints. The water from the storm or the waves of the sea cover them up, but the invisible ones on our hearts can never be washed away. We remember them, as in Psalm 77:6, like “songs in the night.”

I can see that, Lord. How many times and how many songs have You written on my heart? Too many to count. I sing them often. And every one of them has “grace” in the title.

Thank You for Your invisible footprints, Lord, and for the path that You have planned–a path leading not to disaster, but to a future filled with hope (Jeremiah 29:11.)

Day-votedly Yours,


Has there been a time when God’s footprints seemed invisible to you? A time when you couldn’t see the path, much less His prints? How did He bring you through? What have you learned since then about God’s character?

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2 Responses to “What If You Can’t See God’s Footprints?”

  1. Carol Freeman on October 22nd, 2012 11:28 pm

    I have prayed for forgiveness for what I have done and am truly sorry. My question to you is how many times do I need to keep praying for forgiveness. Is there only one time and God says OK. Do I say thankyou for answering my prayer and go on. I know that I am forgiven.

  2. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on October 24th, 2012 4:23 pm

    Carol, if you have invited Jesus into your heart and asked Him to forgive you of your sins, then the Bible says He has put your sins as far as the east is from the west. He remembers them no more. 1 John 1:9 is a promise for believers, when we sin after that: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” God’s forgiveness is complete. We are the ones who have a hard time forgiving ourselves, and sometimes that takes time (and maybe even counsel) for us to work through that. Sometimes a sin may involve restitution (paying back what was taken, for example, a penalty (when someone breaks a law), or confession to (or asking forgiveness from) one we may have hurt. But Jesus PAID for our sins. If you are truly sincere and have asked God to forgive you, He will do so. Repentance means you are going one direction, and you turn around and go another direction. When Jesus forgives us, He gives us a new desire to honor and live for him. Sin no longer has power over us. In fact, when we become His disciple, and receive His forgiveness, that forgiveness includes past, present, and future. So, remember Jesus’ words to the woman whom Jesus told, “Go and sin no more.” Once we are His, we ask for forgiveness to restore fellowship with God. He has already forgiven, before we even ask. The relationship is secure. Give thanks and keep growing in Him daily, sharing with others the grace that God has given you!

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