One of my favorite poems is "Footprints In The Sand." If you are not familiar with it please stop and click the link footprints to read it before continuing.
The first time I read the poem it was on a poster and showed a picture of Jesus carrying a man on a beach. Far behind were two sets of footprints that changed to one set in the foreground. As I read the poem and gazed at the poster sized image the message was clear. There are times in our lives when we all need Jesus to carry us.
I can recall many a time when I struggled personally and asked Jesus to carry me. I can also recall times when I didn't ask and He carried me anyway. They were times when I was struggling, weary, overwhelmed, hurting, and... He has always carried me through my personal struggles.
The last few days I have been experiencing some of what I described above but not derived from anything personal happening in my life, they are work related. Friday evening Fellowship took a fairly direct hit of lightning just a few feet from our chillers. Needless to say it took them down. The damage extended to air handlers, security and fire alarm systems, our network, and all of my HVAC controls. We have been scrambling ever since. The damage and lack of parts and time before Sunday forced us to cancel services. We took a hit.
Today (Monday) as I continued to assess the damage and began the step by step process of recovering the footprints poster came to my mind. As I thought of the words and image I found no comfort because I equated being carried to my personal life. I had to stop and check myself. I could not believe I had allowed myself to think Jesus only carries me when my need is personal. Jesus can and will carry me anytime I need Him, personal or not. Oh did I ask right then and there to be carried.
Right now and for the next few days Jesus is carrying me and the load I carry and I have no doubt He will lead me in leading Fellowship through our crisis with success.
I am thankful that I'm no longer single minded and know that personal or work related I have someone to carry me straight to God's will. He knows the way!