Dr. Marty Bilderback – “Footsteps”
“I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people.” – Leviticus 26:12 (NIV)
“Direct my footsteps according to Your word; let no sin rule over me.” – Psalms 119:133 (NIV)
Some of my earliest memories go back to our family garden. I can remember my father plowing, and I would be there three years old playing. One of my favorite things to do in the garden was to try to follow my father’s footsteps in the newly plowed ground. This is no easy task when you are three and your father’s steps are so long. Quite often you would get stretched out and just before you could plant your foot, over you go into the soft and sweet smelling earth.
Our Heavenly Father also walks before us and leaves His footprints for us to follow, and just as I failed many times as a child, I still fail my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. But I keep trying and trying to follow those steps. Then as I grew older I was able to follow my father’s footsteps easily; even then I might miss a step here and there, sometimes messing up those clear footprints and making them to appear double. God has promised to walk with us and protect us. “I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people.”
As a young teenager on an East Tennessee farm, I became quite good at identifying tracks of various animals. A quick early morning walk along a muddy creek bank would yield numerous signs of a busy night. Was that a raccoon or an opossum? A dog or a coyote? Cat or bobcat? A crane or an emu (our neighbor’s got out one night)? Needless to say, all kinds of life leave a track or trail behind as evidence of their being in that place.
What kind of track are you leaving behind? As we begin each day we have an opportunity to leave a trail behind that others can follow. Do we leave footsteps that are following God’s plan for our lives or is it a trail of rebellion? As in Psalms 119:133, “Direct my footsteps according to Your word; let no sin rule over me.” Let us all yield to our Master and leave a trail of obedience to Him so that everyone can see His love through us.
- Dr. Marty Bilderback, Associate Professor, HPER