Friday, November 30, 2012

Footprints in the Snow

No, I'm not trying to put a new take on the famous footprints poem. I love that poem. I have read it many times and shared it with many people. The footprints in the snow I am thinking of are the ones I saw as I went for my early morning walk today.

It started with the footprints leading through last night's snow, right up to my door. They tell about a young woman who came in late from a long day in Ottawa, wide spread deep footprints because she does not walk if she can run.

I wandered out on to the road side and there along the ditch were large dog-like footprints but no master's boot prints along side. They trailed the road side a while and then headed off into a field. Likely a coyote out for a midnight stroll.

There were dozens of footprints along the corner to a side street. Although the children were already gone, I could imagine them waiting in the -12 celsius cold for a bus.

Along one of the driveways there were clear footprints leading to a home. Big boots. Some night worker dropped off from a job, eager to go inside to bed. And on the other side of the same driveway, car tracks and high heel prints coming from the house. Wife on her way to work.

I focused for my whole walk on the different signs of who had been there and I thought about it. Just as our footprints leave evidence for others of what has been, our words and our actions hang in the air as well.

In the Book of Samuel in the Bible, Samuel is told by God to anoint a king. He judges by what his eye sees, but God knows the truth. He sees the heart.

1 Samuel 16:7 

 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

God knew that David's brothers were not the men He wanted for king. He could see the heart.

As we go through life, we leave 'footprints'. God sees them and others do too. People can tell who we really are by the kind of prints we leave behind.  Are we kind? Do we cover up sin? Do we treat others with respect? Do we care about others needs? Do we put God first?  We leave a 'footprint' with each person we come into contact with. We leave an even bigger footprint with God because He knows our hearts.

Pay a little more attention to what you leave behind. Someone else is reading it.


  1. Very nice! Good words to ponder. I especailly like how you looked at all those little details during your walk and painted a picture for yourself and us. :)

    PS- the girls see your picture here and are talking all about who could have made those prints - I told them Granny took the picture - Oh, now Olivia thinks it was an English Guard who left them. ;)

  2. Where did she hear about an English Guard? Funny, those two! Tell them I miss them and will see them soon! Tell Joe too, not that he gets it yet:)

  3. A young woman who came in late from Ottawa. Hmmm.... I think I have to call you sometime soon and talk to that young woman. :)

  4. Actually, the young woman was doing a cleaning job and then attending YA ;) She is behaving.