Retracing Footsteps

A friend posed the question, “If you could go back and change anything in your past, would you? And what would it be?

There were times I have hurt and been hurt, words spoken in anger to me and from me, places I walked right into instead of running away as I should have. I have stumbled over stones, large and small, arisen with skinned knees and bruised shins. The pain I have caused is certainly regretful, but to go back and undo mistakes given the chance? No thank you.

The only way to make footprints is to take a step, one foot in front of the other. Looking back on footsteps retraces where I have been, paths that I have taken, and those that I should have chosen instead. Ruts where I fell into the ditch and the footprints of Jesus, on solid rock, lifting me out of the mire.

“For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” Jeremiah 31:34 – NIV

The Lord pulls us from shadows into His light, gracefully forgiving and forgetting our sin, yet He allows old footprints to remain, not as a pathway backwards, but reminders of the struggles He has brought us through to encourage onward and upward.

Experiences, both good and bad have led to where we are and who we are; mistakes are but stepping-stones to lessons learned. As time passes, memories fade, so recalling the pleasant and releasing the painful keeps us from dwelling in darkness. Reaching towards the light allows “The Light” to draw us closer to Him.

The only way to make footprints is to take a step, one foot in front of the other. Take steps.


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