We often use the word “footprint” to describe the area over which something occurs or is effective, e.g. the area where a signal from a communications satellite can be received. So, how big is God’s footprint? Some folks just believe that He started this whole ordeal called “life on planet earth” and then went on His way. If so, then does God have any real effect on my life? I’m so thankful for the godly influences I have had right from the start. One of my earliest song memories is this:
God sees the little sparrow fall, it meets His tender view;
If God so loved the little sparrow, I know He loves me too.
He loves me too, He loves me too, I know He loves me too.
If God so loved the little sparrow, I know He loves me too!
And that song is based on scripture, which makes it a doctrinally sound little ditty!
Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing?
and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. Matthew 10:29
That is so amazing! How many sparrows fall to the ground in just one day? He sees them all, and God sees me. He knows when I need a good price on peanut butter. He sends His angels ahead of me when I’m driving. (My daughter just drove three hours alone to take photos of a wedding, and had stopped at a rest area for just a moment. Further down the road, a car was pulled over and had just hit a deer. Her comment, that it could have been her if she had not stopped, is exactly right!)
And if songs and live testimonies aren’t enough, look at Proverbs 16:
- The preparations of the heart in man,
- and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD. (v. 1)
- A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps. (v. 9)
- he lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD. (v. 33)
Of course, there are dozens of verses which say the same thing, but here are just four examples in one Proverb!
How big is God’s footprint in your life?
Do you allow Him to affect every part? Do you ask Him to direct your steps? Guard your heart? Guide your words? Some may say that’s a crutch, but I believe it’s the smartest thing we can do as children of God. After all, if your toddler was heading for the road, wouldn’t you stop him? You see the danger that he doesn’t see, and you gladly intervene even though he doesn’t ask you to! Oh, how big our God is! He is our infinitely all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving, good and gracious heavenly Father; He sees the beginning and end of YOUR life, and every step in between! Why would anyone ever choose to have his or her own way?
Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. Proverb 16:3
Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool:
where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?