I initially became acquainted with the poem, Footprints, when I was working at a women’s correctional facility. My boss gave me a plastic business-sized card with the poem on it. I kept that card for many years. Whenever things got a little tough, I would pull that card out for encouragement. From the moment she gave me the poem I fell in love with it and it became a constant companion of encouragement.
Footprints illustrates a person who glances back over his life and sees two sets of footprints along the way. The more he peers over his life there are times he notices those two sets of footprints become one. This disturbs him and he inquires of God why did you forsake me during the most turbulent times of my life. God replies that it is during this time that He carried him.
There comes a time when we must realize that for us to be successful it is beyond our power. It is at this time we have to trust and depend on God. His arms are equipped not only to carry us, but every burden we have as well as all of our fears. It is a natural inclination to think that we make our plans, when in actuality we may make the plans but God is the director of our destiny.
Trusting in God means relinquishing our finite wisdom to his infinite wisdom. He alone really knows what we were created to be and how we will get to our preordained destination. The creative thoughts He has for you are innumerable—they are just too many to even be counted and they are all good. His plans for your future is paved with unparalleled success. This success is only achieved when you team up with God and place your entire trust in Him, knowing He is faithful to perform all He has promised.
We fall short because we want to depend on ourselves or even others, but once we come to realize that acknowledging and glorifying God in all we do pleases Him. He is there to direct our every step on the creative path of success. It is in this child-like trust when we realize he is prospering us and we are experiencing good success.
There are times when we stray off the path, but it is reassuring to know that He is there to firmly, yet gently, place us back on it. If need be, to carry us as we regain strength. All we have to do is to heed his voice and direction and we are back on the path to creative victory. Trust in me and lean not to your own understanding and I will direct your path, the words proclaim. God will never lead you into any harm, but He will reveal all things to you that leads to an abundant creative life. It is this trusting nature that God saw in you that allows Him to open your world to uncommon creativity on your path to experiencing illimitable success.
Have you trusted more in your decisions and others than you have in God’s? Have you placed your complete trust in God? Do you seek his advice and direction on a daily basis to unleash your creative energy for success?