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My Walks With God - "Seashells Brought From Far Off"
by Mary Wilson
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One summer a dear friend brought me 2 seashells from her vacation in Florida. I felt very special when she told me that one of the shells was the first one that she had picked up; and when she looked at it, she thought of me.

It was a cute little shell and it looked like it had a single footprint in it. Also beside the footprint you can almost imagine a woman with long hair; and if you hold the shell up to the light, you can see 2 little holes where an eye & mouth would be.

The second shell is real small, white with purple stripes.

I first thought of Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not on Thy own understanding, in all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths."

Yes, our footsteps are ordered by the Lord.

Then I thought of this poem. "Footprints"

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed 2 sets of footprints in the sand; 1 set belonged to him, and the other belonged to the Lord. When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only 1 set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life. This really bothered him and he questioned the Lord about it, "Lord, You said that once I decided to follow You, You would walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only 1 set of footprints. I don't understand why when I needed you the most you would leave me." The Lord replied, "My precious, precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see 1 set of footprints, it was then that I carried you."

I was overcome to realize the measures that God took to get this 1 little seashell to me!

He had a very special story to teach me of His love and He knew that I would tell others.

He carries us when we can not take the next step. May Jesus receive all praise and glory!

Don't be a sceptic; Jesus brought a fish to one of His disciples that had a coin in its mouth, so that they could pay taxes.

You see;... you must look through eyes of faith and really know Him for who He is in order to believe in what seems to be an impossible situation.

The little purple and white shell also has a special lesson.

When we are saved, we are washed whiter than snow from our old dark sins.

Purple represents "Royalty" and when we are saved we are adopted into the family of God. We become a child of the King.

Also the stripes on the shell reminds me that it was by the stripes that was put on my wonderful Savior's body that healed my sin filled life!

All nature declares Him;.... all you have to do is look!

Thank You, dear Jesus, for being such a friend to me and for teaching me these wonderful lessons that speak to my heart; so that I might know You and experience You daily.

Thank You Lord, for giving me friends with whom I can be myself and share Your love with them.

Thank You, Jesus, for carrying me through the times that I can't walk. Oh, praise You, Lord for Your abundant love.

Written by: Mary Wilson
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