Day 292- Footnotes and footprints

Have you ever read the poem telling where one was walking with God. There are two sets of footprints in the sand, then at the individuals most trying time, there is only one set of prints. When questions, God said, “That is where I carried you.”

It is my belief, that in our times of need, God does show He is with us.

Thirteen years ago, when my husband was out of work and I was battling cancer, day after day I was given signs of His presence. Many days, we were blessed with His provision. Every day after I got home from work, I would walk in the woods behind the house. Every day, even though I walked the same paths, there was something new to be seen. The gift of a new flower, deer that would stop and visit a spell, a butterfly that would dance and land on my arm. Simple gifts yes, but enough to show, I was not on a journey alone. Many times during this time, people would drop by and leave an envelope, or one would arrive in the mail. Always just enough to keep us afloat and our needs provided.

Today, I am sitting here, mindlessly playing solitaire, with the television showing some documentary, when I decided to check email. Down the line a ways was one from Doctor David Jeremiah with a video to “Get out of Your Safe Zone” That got my attention.

All who know me, all who have paid any attention to me, especially since this Covid-19 thing, know that I have clung tightly to the safety of my personal safe zone. I have become a master at giving excuses as to why I can’t do this or that; why I can’t go here or there. What if.. has become a byword for me. I can’t, has become a habitual response. Even when I hear my mother’s voice responding with “Can’t never could” somewhere in my mind, I cringe and back away from trying. I know, that friends grow weary of trying to encourage me when I refuse to hear or believe.

Even as a Christian who knows better, I had found this safe, secure haven where I am comfortable. Fear, was something that was out there, here is safe. Fear of failing or fear of success, I don’t know, all I know was fear was a chain that bound me to an isolated space, limiting any growth and preventing the things dreamed about.

Then I see the email, the subject line drawing me like a strong magnet. I’ve always enjoyed listening to his teaching. I thought in the very least it would be more interesting than the low budget documentary mumbling on television. This message, was meant for me. This was directed, at me. This video, was an important reminder of all the things I knew, but had allowed myself to push aside.

It is funny in a way, that part of what he said, was to approach life with child like wonder. This on a day, when I helped with the children and was reminded of their wonder and excitement just to be alive. This comfort zone, the one we love so dearly, can also be, and often is, a prison of our own making. I think it is time, to break those chains.

About rebecca s revels

A writer, a photographer, a cancer survivor. An adventurer of the mild kind, a lover of the simple pleasures such as long walks and chocolate. A Christian unashamed of my faith and a friend who is dependable and will encourage readily. Author of three self published books with more waiting to find their way to paper. An advocate of good things, a fighter against wrongs.
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