I often tell folks, “If you need proof of Numbers 22:21-39, then just read one of my posts, articles, or books. God can and will use anyone He chooses.” Among the greatest blessings received from my Christian writing are the things God prompts me to write about and the feedback I get from readers. This post is about the latter. In January 2020, I was left in tears of conviction and praise by a response received from one of my readers. Mr. Ben Cooper, from rural Pennsylvania, commented on my post, My Missions Field – J.D. Wininger, Christian Author. I’ve felt the impact of his words ever since.
His comment included these words; “I pray my foot prints are lost inside of His.”
Like most, when I read these words my mind went to the popular poem “Footprints in the Sand”, attributed to Margaret Fishback Powers. I also remembered the story of Enoch (Genesis 5:24 & Hebrews 11:5), who was the first man raptured into heaven. As much as the thought of being swept up to meet my Savior in the clouds filled me with anticipation, the thought of being so close to God saddened me. My sadness came from recognizing how far the footprints of my life can be from God’s path sometimes.
As I thought and prayed about it, I felt a burning desire to be so close to God that others couldn’t tell where He ended and I started. That’s when a quote from Reverend Dr. R.C. Sproul came to mind. “To live Coram Deo is to live one’s entire life in the presence of God, under the authority of God, to the glory of God.” Coram Deo, to live out my life before the eyes of God. Do I do that today? Could I even do that? Sometimes the hardest questions to answer are the ones we ask ourselves.
Thinking about how I might achieve a closer walk with God, James’ word screamed out in my subconscious. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded” (James 4:8, NKJV). Perhaps the secret to learning to live Coram Deo is to seek God throughout your day; rather than sitting aside time to focus on Him. Instead, invite Him to walk along with you throughout your day. To accomplish this in my day, there are two things that help me.
The first is to look for God in my “every day.” What I mean by this is increasing my awareness of Him in my life. I hope to hear His still, small voice as I listen to the wind in the trees. Quieting myself, I listen for His voice as the songbirds sing out His praise. Other times, I look for Him in the smiles, and in these the days smiling eyes, of folks I run across.
The second way I draw closer to God is my communication with Him. It might be easier for me to do this, as I live on a ranch and spend more time alone than most. During my chores, as I write, and even when I’m shopping, etc., I’m not afraid to speak to God. All the cow butts present and accounted for at feeding time? Thank You Lord for protecting my herd overnight. Did I find toilet paper at the market today? Yay Lord, You provide my family’s needs. Thank You for Your provision.
I’m certain my more public outbursts cause folks to wonder about this old fool, but I’m not ashamed to let folks know that God is with me. In fact, it’s important to me that people know I view Him as my friend and companion. Yes, God is my Master and Creator, but He is also the One who sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24). While I fear God, it is His great friendship that allows me to draw closer with each passing year.
My friend and fellow Christian author, Mr. Kenn Edwards, often speaks of building a footprint for God. Mr. Kenn refers to creating a lasting legacy of godliness that we can pass onto those generations behind us. In reading his books, taking part in his group studies, and speaking with him, I’ve realized how my walk with God creates this legacy—both here on earth and in heaven.When you arrive in heaven do you also long to hear 'Welcome home old friend'? Click To Tweet
Like each of you, I pray that one day I’ll hear the words of Matthew 25:23 spoken over my life upon my arrival in heaven. More though, I pray my Lord will welcome me as His longtime friend. As someone who has returned home from a long journey. I hope you too are looking forward to the day that we can look back on our lives and see more single sets of footprints than divergent paths.
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 Sproul, R.C., In the Presence of God, Nashville, Thomas Nelson, 1999