The sun glistening on the snow beckoned me outside. A memory from my childhood crossed my mind and took up residence as I walked across the snow covered sidewalks. The layer of snow was much thinner now and my body is filled out and older, but vivid memories of past snow days covered my vision and a smile met my lips. What would my footprints in the snow reveal today?

footprints in snow

The winter of 1978 blasted Cincinnati with blizzard – like conditions and several feet of snow. Anytime outside was fleeting due to extreme cold and blowing snow, but the memory of footprints in the pristine snow as well as the crunch as my boots broke  through the icy layer on top sent my senses reeling. Hollow echoes left behind by boots, frosty puffs of air dotting the path before me, lips tingling, and a whiff of smoky winter air came rushing in, filling every pore of my being. As I ventured outside this past week, I looked to replicate this childhood memory, but nothing was the same except for the snow covering the ground.

Looking at childhood through an adult lens is like looking at a faded picture with yellowing borders. The crisp fallen snow is not as welcoming and the memories take on a harder edge as our perspective changes.

I now see footprints in the snow that are singular and a path that is uncertain. I ask myself hard questions that do not always have answers. I forget to look at the whole picture instead by only examining one small piece of the whole. I miss the possibilities within the narrow world of practicalities. I forget that dreams are just as important now as they were as a child.

Deuteronomy 31-8

God takes our lives and sees the whole picture. When we hear, “a picture is worth a thousand words”, we can be sure God is crafting these words behind the scenes just for us. What looks like one set of footprints in the snow to us, in reality is God keeping pace with us step by step, providing all the strength and guidance we need. We are never alone and what is perceived as singular in nature is in fact a hundred fold because of the guidance of God’s blessings along the way.

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:6, 8

God is with us. He is ready to take care of the details because He has already created the big picture. When life gets bogged down with practicalities and details, we are reminded in Deuteronomy that God goes before us. He has it figured out. We can be courageous and venture out into the snow and make footprints with abandon. God will never leave or forsake us.

So take some time today to dream a little and let life’s possibilities take root because who knows… God may turn them into realities!

Happy Sabbath!

Mary

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