Susan Spess Shay

Still playing make believe.

Trackin’ Jesus


Back when I read mostly Louis L’amour, I learned all about tracking from him. He talked about how every creature has a track or footprint that’s as individual as a fingerprint or snowflake.

I studied a few tracks and got where I could identify my dad’s, G-Man’s and #2 son’s footprints very easily.

I don’t know if everyone understands it or not, but in Okie-World, all cousins (2nd, 3rd, 4th, once or twice removed) are referred to as simply cousins.

One of my favorite cousins, Sharon, got this in an email today and shared it on Facebook. I enjoyed it so much when I read it, I told her I was going to rip it off to share here. She was happy for me to.

I don’t know if you remember the old story about footprints in the sand, but I always thought of that as “Trackin’ Jesus”–following His footsteps. (And that’s where I got the name for this blog.)

This is almost just as Sharon posted it–  

GOD IS GOOD! This new version of the “footprints” story really caught me off guard at the end… What a blessing & I wanted to share with you.
Imagine you and the Lord Jesus are walking down the road together. For much of the way, the Lord’s footprints go along steadily, consistently, rarely varying the pace. But your footprints are a disorganized stream of zigzags, starts, stops, turnarounds, circles, departures, and returns. For much of the way, it seems to go like this, but gradually your footprints come more in line with the Lord’s, soon paralleling, His consistently. You and Jesus are walking as true friends!

This seems perfect, but then an interesting thing happens: Your footprints that once etched the sand next to Jesus’ are now walking precisely in His steps. Inside His larger footprints are your smaller ones, you and Jesus are becoming one.This goes on for many miles, but gradually you notice another change The footprints inside the large footprints seem to grow larger.Eventually they disappear altogether. There is only one set of footprints. They have become one. This goes on for a long time, but suddenly the second set of footprints is back. This time it seems even worse! Zigzags all over the place. Stops. Starts. Gashes in the sand. A variable mess of prints.You are amazed and shocked.

Your dream ends. Now you pray:”Lord, I understand the first scene, with zigzags and fits. I was a new Christian; I was just learning. But You walked on through the storm and helped me learn to walk with You.””That is correct.”. “And when the smaller footprints were inside of Yours, I was actually learning to walk in Your steps, following You very closely.”. “Very good. You have understood everything so far. “When the smaller footprints grew and filled in Yours, I suppose that I was becoming like You in every way.”. “Precisely.”. “So, Lord, was there a regression or something? The footprints separated, and this time it was worse than at first.

“There is a pause as the Lord answers, with a smile in His voice.”You didn’t know? It was then that we danced! (Don’t you love that?)

“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: A time to weep, a time to laugh, a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
Ecclesiastes 3:1,4.

Spread the Word and give thanks to the Lord for He is good!

It’s not WHAT you have in your life, but Who you have in your life that counts…. Think about that.

I asked for a flower, He gave me a garden. I asked for a tree, He gave me a forest. I asked for a river, He gave me an ocean. I asked for a friend, He gave me “YOU.”

And keep on trackin’ Jesus.


Author: Susan Shay

For as long as I can remember, I've loved two things--reading and people--and that led me to become a writer. Many of my stories are set in Small Town Worlds. I'm a wife, mother, sibling and an aunt. I have a deep faith in God, and an exciting life in Christ. Maybe I shouldn't be (after all, he's God!) but I'm constantly amazed at the things He's up to. :)

11 thoughts on “Trackin’ Jesus

  1. Susan, You always have a different idea or perspective that intrigues & interests me. Trackin’ Jesus is a wonderful way to follow in His footsteps. Thanks for a great start to this cold winter day 🙂

  2. Hey,
    Thank you for letting me share your email. I loved it!
    It’s cold here in C-Town, too. Think it’s gonna snow? Brrrr.

  3. Susan, just want you to know how blessed I was and still am for all you have written.The son I Can Only Imagine” is one of my favorites.My daughter passed 25 years ago this past November but as you know the hurt is still there:however this song makes me look forward to my introduction to my lords presence but also to seeing my daughter again…Thanks Again and God Bless

    • Mary Ann,
      I’m so very sorry about your daughter. Losing a child has to be one of the hardest things that can happen to a mother. Without Jesus, how do people make it through?
      “I Can Only Imagine” fills my heart, too. Imagine, being in Christ’s presence! Sadly, my feeble brain can’t even come close.
      Thank you so much for your sweet words and for coming by my small town world. I love having friends come by!

  4. You are my sunshine!

  5. I can only Imagine is one of my favs too! Don’t know what I will do, but, feel, like the song, (in awe of you (HIM) be still! & to my knees will I bow as everyone will!
    Mercy Me sings it best imo

  6. i couldn’t survive without those friends, here in “Simple Cousin Land.”

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