Sunday, January 15, 2012



Four days ago the ground boasted of little more than sticks, dormant grass, and a few stray, dead leaves. Today a white blanket of snow, several inches deep, spreads over its barrenness. On Friday morning its fresh fallen beauty awed so many West Michiganders that if you had signed into Facebook at any given moment throughout the day you would have found at least 563 newly posted photos! (Okay, slight exaggeration.) I myself contributed four to the pile, each one of my beloved dog romping in it, sniffing the air, and looking quite mystified by all the whiteness. Aside from his few tracks, though, my yard remained fresh and mostly untouched as the snow continued falling for the next 24 hours.

What of today? Well, now that the snow has stopped falling it's full of tracks, dog and people and sled tracks. Yesterday, the grandkids, Peyton, and Papa played and rolled and tromped through the yard, making tracks of all shapes and sizes.


I'm reminded of my daddy's tracks when I was a kid and how after a heavy snowfall I'd follow in his fresh tracks to avoid getting snow up my pant legs, which begs the question - what kinds of tracks do I leave as I go about my day? Do I leave the kind that people want to put their own feet into and follow behind? I pray so.

I try to follow in the tracks that Jesus made when He walked this earth. I say try, but really, it is only by His grace and strength, and not my own feeble efforts, that I'm able to do so. Somedays it's hard living a holy life. Something as simple as a driver cutting me off at the turn can catch me in an unholy moment!

"Oh, Father, may the tracks I make on this earth be the kind that make a mark for eternity; may my footprints lead others straight to YOU. In Your Name I pray. Amen."


Nise' said...

I do that too...follow in other's tracks because I never wear boots. What a great illustration to remind me of those following behind and what I leave as examples.

SHARLENE said...

Hi, Nise'! So good to read your comment. Thanks for being such a faithful reader of my blog. God bless!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful message Sharlene,
Makes one ponder what path their tracks leading others down. Lord, I pray they find you at the end of my path today!

SHARLENE said...

Thanks for your comment, Laura. We share the same prayer.

Lydia Harris said...


I like the image of following in your father's footprints. Like you, I'm a grandmother (aka Grandma Tea) and want to leave good footprints for future generations to follow.

I wrote a book for grandparents (Preparing My Heart for Grandparentng: For Grandparents at Any Stage of the Journey). It's part of the "Preparing My Heart" Bible study series. I interviewed dozens of grandparents, including Sylvia Stewart. If you'd like more information or a review copy, please leave a note on my blog (

Blessings on your writing!

Lydia Harris

PS: We have snow in Seattle, too.

SHARLENE said...

Blessings on your writing as well, Lydia. Your grandparenting book sounds wonderful and so timely. We live in an age when grandparents seem to play a bigger than ever role in their grandkids' lives. I pray that my husband and I will make positive impacts on our grands' impressionable minds.

Nora said...

I love this message. I see myself following in my mother's footsteps in so many ways though she has been gone for over 2 years.

SHARLENE said...

Nora, I see myself following in my mother's beautiful prints as well. Like you my mom has been gone for two years, and I miss her deeply. Thank you for stopping by. May the Lord bless you day by day.