Impressions of a Foot

by Joanna Pierce on August 16, 2017

Last week, I shared a footprint was an impression on the foot of a surface. (I’m not really sure how people get away with using the same word in the definition as the word you’re trying to define [i.e., foot]—but hey, Merriam Webster can do whatever they want…)

We all leave footprints everywhere we walk. And, the impression of the footprint we leave behind depends on the surface we’ve stepped on or into.

If we place our feet (shoed or barefoot) onto the grass or the sand, the footprints we leave behind disappear fairly quickly. The grass will eventually stand upright, and the ocean’s tide will erode the sand. After a while, there’s no evidence we’ve moved upon those surfaces.

But, stepping into something like wet cement, leaves a little longer impression—especially if it dries. And, if you stomp on the carpet with muddy shoes, sometimes no amount of cleaning can remove the dirt stain. Your footprints are visible forever.

These types of footprints are immediate, but other footprints we leave occur over time. Take the grass for example. One step, one time doesn’t create a lasting footprint. But, if walked over and over again, over time you’ll see the worn footpath in the grass. The same is true for frays in the carpet after continual treading and dullness on the tile after enduring endless shoe friction.

When we make a footprint in this life, do we always consider how long that footprint is going to last? Is it just temporal or is it eternal? How do we determine what footprints to leave and where to step?

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path (Psalms 119: 105, KJV).

Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me (Psalms 119:133, KJV).

We need to pray that God not only orders our footprints, but helps us walk upon the right surfaces (pathways) in this life. Our footprint impressions can create a pathway to destruction or salvation. We cannot afford to make the wrong impressions in this life!

When we make the same spiritual footsteps in life, we shouldn’t be surprised to look down and see our footprints borne into the ground. If we leave the wrong footprints often enough, we’ll wake up one day and find ourselves far away from God. Or, we can make the right impressions and find ourselves right in the shadow of the Almighty.

A well-known preacher in our movement prayed in the same spot every day, so much that he wore knee prints into the wood floor of his home. What a spiritual footprint! We need to cultivate an impression (footprints) in our lives that will be after Jesus and that will last to eternity (Psalms 119:11)!

When we live a continual, habitual life (spiritual footprints) in Jesus Christ, we create new neuropathways in the brain. After a while, these footprints will become the norm. God’s ways of walking, thinking, and action will become second nature to us. And, we’ll eventually get to a place where we’ll avoid the wrong surfaces altogether.

Let’s ask God this week to help us be conscious of where we’re leaving our footprints. We need His Word to show us the way, lead our feet, and to make the right impressions to define our lives.