God’s Footprints ~ Learning to Trust

God’s Footprints ~ Learning to Trust

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It’s amazing how the Lord speaks into our hearts through Scripture. I must have read Psalm 77 dozens of times over the years, yet never did it strike me so vividly as it did this week.

When God led the Israelites out of Egypt, they became trapped between the Red Sea and the pursuing Egyptians. Seeing the onslaught of charioteers at their  backs, they must have feared they were goners. Yet, God, in His glory, parted the water like a curtain and made a dry path for them to cross. They couldn’t see Him, but He was there, guiding them safely through.

“Your path led through the sea,

your way through the mighty waters,

though your footprints were not seen.” 

(Psalm 77:19) NIV

We’ve all experienced times in our lives when God seems silent or distant. When we find ourselves at an impasse, or going through an extremely difficult challenge and don’t know what to do. We pray and pray, but don’t get clear direction or help. 

It’s then we wonder, Does God even care what I’m going through? Has He left me to fend for myself? Why won’t He answer?

Job once asked these questions, wondering why God seemed to abandon him when he needed Him most. In the end, God responded by declaring His wisdom and insight far outweigh our own. He sees the whole picture, not the one-dimensional view we have. Job saw only the pain he was undergoing; God knew the double portion of blessings that were soon to come his way. Times of testing are sure to come. Our part is to pray and trust God will bring us through.

When we submit our future, our ambitions, and everything we are to God, it allows Him to direct and redirect our purpose and ministry. As Christians, we need to strive to reach a point where we trust He is with us, working in our lives, no matter how far off He seems.

A clock in our home bares the poem, Footprints in the Sand, which speaks of how at some points in our lives, we can’t see God’s footprints alongside ours, when we feel alone and forgotten. But the poem goes on to say that it’s during these especially troubled times He carries us. What a beautiful picture of His great love for us!

Are you facing some trial in your life where you can’t see God’s footprints? What gives you the strength to endure? I’d love to hear your story!



Cynthia Roemer About Cynthia Roemer

Cynthia Roemer is a Christian writer from rural Illinois with a heart for scattering seeds of hope into the lives of others through her writing. She and her husband, Marvin, have been married for twenty-four years and have two college-age sons. Find out more about her and her writing on her website: http://cynthiaroemer.com/


  1. Laurie Driesen says:

    I love that verse Cynthia! Such an important reminder of that hidden gem in Psalm 77.

  2. Yes. It’s amazing how the Lord speaks to our hearts through His Word at certain moments in our lives. Thanks for commenting!

  3. Ann Doohan says:

    Thanks for this Cynthia, footprints is one of my favourite things, it carried me through when my daughter died and when Jim was diagnosed with kidney cancer last October, sometimes we dont get an answer right away so i have to be patient for Jim to know the Lord, blessings.

  4. I can’t imagine the pain in losing a child. God bless you, Ann, for sharing your deepest hurts and your faith in God.

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