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Unseen footprints
Andrea Delwiche
by Andrea Delwiche
July 8, 2024

Have you woken up midway through the night to find that the trouble that lurked in the corners before bed is now perched like a bird of doom on your chest? As you try to sleep, the problem grows. God certainly doesn’t seem to be present and active. God seems to be missing.

I cry aloud to God, aloud to God, and he will hear me. In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord; in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying; my soul refuses to be comforted. When I remember God, I moan; when I meditate, my spirit faints. You hold my eyelids open; I am so troubled that I cannot speak. Your way was through the sea, your path through the great waters; yet your footprints were unseen” (Psalm 77:1-4,19). 

The psalmist begins to ask some hard questions. Will the Lord never again be favorable? Has God’s steadfast love actually failed? Is he so angry that he can’t be compassionate?

In that place of questioning, God reminds the psalmist of his trustworthiness. Time after time, God had worked good for his people; yet oftentimes, “his footprints were unseen.” God was there. God was powerful. God was quiet.

Where would it be helpful for you to meditate on God’s quiet history of rescuing you? Where has God worked for your good, even though his “footprints were unseen”? Let this psalm comfort you. In the dead of night and during dark days, God is present. Don’t be afraid to ask him your questions. May insight well up as you seek him.