The Stones Themselves Will Start to Sing: Following Footsteps

Then as I follow in His way,
My path ahead will brightly shine,
For in His path of guiding light,
I find His footsteps first,
Then mine.
~Craig Courtney from “Footsteps”

Waiting is essential to the spiritual life.
But waiting as a disciple of Jesus is not an empty waiting.
It is a waiting with a promise in our hearts
that makes already present what we are waiting for.

We are always waiting,
but it is a waiting in the conviction that
we have already seen God’s footsteps.
— Henri Nouwen from Bread For The Journey: A Daybook of Wisdom and Faith

My assurance that I’m taking the path God laid out before me is that His hand guides me to follow His footprints. Left to my own decision-making, I might choose a path through life that will lead me astray. I may get terribly lost, I may walk alone for long stretches, I may end up crushed and bleeding in the ditch.

God Himself walked a very arduous and dangerous road, leaving His footprints behind for us to follow. I trust His path is the one I must take, no matter what. I then leave my own footprints behind, creating a trail to follow for Him to follow should I lose my way.

This year’s Lenten theme for Barnstorming is a daily selection from songs and hymns about Christ’s profound sacrifice on our behalf.

If we remain silent about Him, the stones themselves will shout out and start to sing (Luke 19:40).

In His name, may we sing…

I see His footsteps in the way,
And follow them through darkest night,
Unafraid, I stumble not,
In the glow of perfect light,
I see.

I walk in footsteps of His love,
And find His light leads on before,
Then He gently turns to me,
Softly whispers, “trust Me more,”
I walk.

Then as I follow in His way,
My path ahead will brightly shine,
For in His path of guiding light,
I find His footsteps first,
Then mine.
~Craig Courtney

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One thought on “The Stones Themselves Will Start to Sing: Following Footsteps

  1. An appropriate theme for the near-ending of Lent — following in His path can also mean accepting a CROSS as He did.
    The irony here, however, is that we have been given free will — freedom to accept or to reject what may confront us on our earthly Journey. ( As Hamlet mused, ‘Aye, there’s the rub.’)
    If we must face that formidable possibility at some point in our life, will we choose as He
    did? We have been given faith in His answer, his actions, His Teaching, His Love for us, His astounding gift of Salvation and Eternity with Him — His promise to be with us through our suffering, and our road to ‘Calvary’ and our Cross!

    The images give much added meaning to the comments here:
    the path’s unseen but glorious ending; the formidable ‘stumbling blocks’ of rotting imbedded
    tree trunks and sharp, erose stones are obstacles that could induce one to turn away and
    discontinue their journey and opt for an ‘easier, painless’ WAY.
    We know, however, that is not what HE did for us, so we must continue our Journey, pain,
    disappointment and unexpected obstacles.
    Finally, we see before us a shimmering, all-encompassing light — showing us that we are
    indeed on the right path. HE IS THERE, WITHIN THE LIGHT, TO GUIDE US ON OUR FINAL
    WAY HOME!

    Liked by 1 person

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