Footprints in the Snow

By: Pastor Jarren Rogers

“Don’t let the rules of man stop you from following God. When He gives it to you, go with it.” – Craig Groeschel


It pops up a lot in our Scripture reading. In the New Testament. We see Jesus command the disciples:

Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people” (Matthew 4:19)

In the Old Testament, it presents itself as the natural reaction to the sovereignty of God:

You must obey my laws and be careful to follow my decrees. I am the Lord your God” (Leviticus 18:4).

In the Psalms, it is a reason for praise:

I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches” (Psalm 119:14).

The best place we can be is right behind God, following in His footsteps and heading in His direction.

I remember, when I was a kid, after a big snow you could always see the path that my dad walked. Whether it was from the front door to the mailbox or across the driveway to the garage, his large footprints peppered across the snow.

His prints were much bigger and positioned much farther apart than mine, but I would always try to walk in my dad’s footprints. I would have to jump, leap, and stretch between each step. Sometimes, in trying to follow, I’d fall over and send up a plume of powdery snow.

I think following God is a lot like following our father’s snow prints. Just like our earthly father’s footprints are much bigger and farther than our prints, our Heavenly Father’s ways are higher than our ways.

As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9).

Just as we stretch, tumble, and struggle to leap after our earthly father’s snow prints, sometimes we stretch, tumble, and struggle in following our Heavenly father’s leadings.

But it is important that we stay right behind Him and follow where He directs us. Just as my father’s snow prints would curl around the corner or down the hill and I couldn’t see where they ended, many times God directs us without showing us the end of the path.

We have to keep hopping. Keep tumbling. Keep stretching. Keep struggling. Keep jumping. Keep falling.

Because our Father knows best and He wants us to follow His steps in the snow.

Parents: Ask your children if they’ve ever followed your snow prints. Explain to them how it relates to following God.

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