There we are - in living color!
(Our faces are big because I took this photo - holding the camera out at arm's length!)
I know you've all been wondering what my *cowboy* looks like - well, here he is! I know I'm kinda partial, but isn't he a *keeper*?!
So, in his honor, I am re-posting something I wrote in August, 2010. I hope that you'll enjoy it!
IN HIS FOOTSTEPS
Sometimes following is not an easy thing to do. Some of us are not natural followers. We want to lead, to choose our own way, and trust our own judgment. And more often than not, that is when we really lose our way.
My husband and I love to go camping. Quite often we go hiking. Some of these hikes are more like leisurely strolls that don't wander far from familiar pathways. But sometimes we just strike out and go where our feet take us. We don't go with a map, we don't take a compass or a GPS device…we just walk.
And yet, I can honestly say that I have never been afraid of getting lost.
You know why?
I trust my husband.
Sometimes when we've been hiking for a long time I get really hot and tired, and sometimes I don't think I can take another step. What do I do? I keep my husband in my sights ahead of me, and I just plod on after him.
On one particular hike in Joshua Tree National Park in California, the full realization of what I was doing hit me. We were making our way back to camp after a full day of hiking and exploring. It was starting to get a little dark, I was thirsty, and I was completely tuckered out.
We were going in the general direction of where we had left the car – at least we thought so!!
But the going was tough.
Joshua Tree is beautiful in its own desert way – but for hiking, it's just dirt, scrubby bushes, and endless boulders to scramble over. Each footstep became harder and harder. I was so tired I could barely look up. But as long as I could see the faint traces of my husband's footprints in the dirt, I just placed my feet in line with his…and followed.
God taught me a great lesson that day.
We are to TRUST Him…and follow.
Look for His footprints, place one foot in front of the other in line with His, and go where He leads. Jesus issued this challenging invitation throughout the New Testament…and it's the same thing He calls us to today – "Come, follow Me."
I'd like to encourage all of you to start each day by praying to the Lord, telling Him that you are ready to listen to His voice and to follow where He leads. Be ready. He may lead you through sadness or suffering. He may lead you through pain. He may bring you into a wilderness, or have you climb some boulders.
But always remember this -
He goes with you EACH and EVERY step of the way!
planting my feet
He has already made,
I am totally safe –
as long as I follow…
His sense of peace
along the way,
for I know
Someone who loves me
is leading me,
and He will
bring me safely
if I just trust Him
…in His footsteps.
© Sharon Kirby
May 23, 2006
Happy Trails, my friends!
Go with God!
"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they FOLLOW ME."
(John 10:27 – NLT)
Where is God calling you to let Him lead? Are you willing to follow?
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