Hazelbrook, New South Wales
Ms Margaret Fishback-Powers
wrote of footprints in the sand,
how the Lords were seen with hers
till the day she could not stand
for the sadness of her life,
the stresses and the trial,
bitterness born of strife,
heavy cross of long denial.
In dream state she questioned Him,
why, when needed most, He’d left;
abandoned her; made her to skim
the sands of life alone, bereft.
He whispered in His quiet way,
perhaps through human messengers,
reminded He loved, would always stay,
while human friends as well He stirs.
Our trials, His opportunities!
To test the hearts and minds
of those in His communities
He’d helped before, out of their binds!
As into my mind her picture flowed,
a deeper story began to unfold.
Further on, a new scene showed
other footprints, numbers untold.
Many had walked that beach so wide;
each alone, yet each with Him.
Each lone pilgrim, I soon spied,
at times He’d carried when life was grim.
I felt compelled to trace each track
as it meandered along that beach,
surprised to see that few turned back.
The travellers knew for what they reach.
Then I saw in the light of the Cross,
where each had stumbled and felt alone,
the tracks of another would cut across
as He carried them both toward the throne.
At the intersect He’d seemed to rest,
stood aside, left the two alone.
He’d wait to see how they took the test
to rise above their pain, for another’s unknown.
My mind wandered in the scene I now dreamed
to the sands of my life and the trails I had trod;
to times I’d been carried, to friends who’d redeemed;
those who’d supported, thanks to my God.
I’m grateful to say, I feel you’ve past the test.
My life’s so much kinder since you crossed my track..
He brought me the people who’d give me their best
in spite of their tiredness, and ask nothing back.
He’s carrying you, as He’s carrying me.
He will see us through to the end!
So when all seems hopeless, just stand still and be;
He’ll carry you through – be a Friend.
Bio: Robyn wrote this for a friend who was having difficulties at the time. Robyn and her friend share a love for Margaret Fishback-Powers’ poem Footprints.