Footprints in the Sand is a rather well-known inspirational. It speaks of coming to the realization that our Father is always with us. Even in our darkest moments, when we feel like we are all alone in facing our troubles, our Father is right there with us, carrying us through our troubles.

And when we read the words, they are indeed uplifting. But what if I told you that when compared to what our true reality in Christ is, Footprints in the Sand is a nightmare? I’m not kidding. It really is, and here’s why.

In Isaiah, our Father tells us,

“I’ve been carrying you on my back
from the day you were born,
And I’ll keep on carrying you when you’re old.
I’ll be there, bearing you when you’re old and gray.
I’ve done it and will keep on doing it,
carrying you on my back, saving you.” Isaiah 46:3-4 [MSG]

In the poem, there were times when there were two sets of footprints. That means that if that poem was your reality, there are times when you would have to be walking on your own steam, relying on your own efforts.

Now, compare that to what our Father tells us in Isaiah is our reality. Isn’t the poem a nightmare? And it gets better.

“Listen to me, house of Ya‘akov,
all who remain of the house of Isra’el:
I have borne you from birth,
carried you since the womb.
Till your old age I will be the same —
I will carry you until your hair is white.
I have made you, and I will bear you;
yes, I will carry and save you.” Isaiah 46:3-4 [CJB]

Not only has our Father been carrying you since you were born, He was carrying you even when you were still in your mother’s womb. Did you catch that? Not for a moment were you ever left alone. Even when you had your mother to care for you, even before you knew what effort was, our Father was already carrying you, bearing your burdens, providing for your needs and protecting you from harm.

And notice how our Father places no conditions to His love? In fact, He tells us that

“Till your old age I will be the same — …” Isaiah 46:4 [CJB]

He doesn’t say ‘as long as you love me, I will be the same’. Nor does he say ‘as long as you are good, I will be the same’. He doesn’t even say ‘as long as you are repentant of your sins, I will be the same’. For our Father, His reality for us is plain and simple;

“Till your old age I will be the same — …” Isaiah 46:4 [CJB]

So how do we qualify for his unchanging love, provision and protection? We just need to have the ability to age. My deepest apologies to all the immortals out there, because this doesn’t apply to you.

And can I continue to blow your mind? Can I continue to show you how our reality in Christ is so much better than the poem? Here it is.

“I have made you, and I will bear you;
yes, I will carry and save you.” Isaiah 46:4 [CJB]
Does this verse sound vaguely familiar to you?

‘You’ve made your bed, now lie in it.’

Sounds like it, doesn’t it?

“I have made you, and I will bear you;
yes, I will carry and save you.” Isaiah 46:4 [CJB]

He made us, and we are His responsibility. No matter what your parents tell you, no matter how your parents treat you; you are not an accident, you are not unwanted, you are not unloved, because you are not their responsibility. Our Father has made you His responsibility. How reassuring is that?

And mind you, we need to take things into context, because when our Father said this in Isaiah, this was nature of Israel’s relationship with God.

“And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:” Deuteronomy 28:1

“But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:” Deuteronomy 28:15

Israel, at that time, was under the Law of Moses, or in simple terms, ‘do good, get good; do bad, get bad’. And yet, our Father was so gracious to make His people His responsibility, telling them that since He was the one who made them, so He will be the one to take care of them, even till they are old and grey; now what more us? For beloved, remember that Jesus told us that we are under a new covenant.

“Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Matthew 26:27-28

And under the new covenant, under the new deal that Jesus came to bring, His blood gives all who would believe in Him, remission of sins;

“for this is My blood of the [new and better] covenant, which [ratifies the agreement and] is being poured out for many [as a substitutionary atonement] for the forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:28 [AMP]

Under the Law of Moses, we needed to make restitution for our sins. But under Jesus’ new covenant, His blood is the substitutionary atonement for our sins. We don’t have to make restitution anymore, because Jesus has done it for us.

So think about it, if under the system of ‘do good, get good; do bad, get bad’ we are already our Father’s responsibility, what more now that Jesus has made us right with our Father and paid for our sins on our behalf? Shouldn’t we be even more sure of our Father’s love for us now that God has no reason to be angry with us anymore?

When circumstances get tough, life becomes a struggle. And for the most part, we struggle because the solutions that we are looking for are not visibly present. But let us never forget that for us who believe, our reality is that our Father is carrying us, and will continue to carry us and save us from our circumstances even when we are old and grey.

So think about it, if we are being carried in our Father’s arms, if we are riding through life on His back, what will good struggling get us? But just like a child whose father is carrying him through a storm, even though we feel the wind, we taste the rain and we hear the thunder, that does not change the fact that we are still being carried and we will get through the storm independent of our own efforts. In fact, the more we struggle, the more difficult we make it for our Father to carry us.

Instead, let’s trust Jesus and His promises, for when He says,

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:7-11

“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Mark 11:24

He leaves no 'ifs' or 'maybes'. When you ask, it is given; when you knock, it is opened; when you pray and believe, you will receive.

Beloved, don’t let the world distract you from your true reality in Christ. Because of what Jesus did on the cross, we have received

"a kingdom which cannot be shaken,...” Hebrews 12:28 [AMP]

So when the storm comes, stand tall for

"When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory.” 1 Peter 1:7 [MSG]

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