Jesús en el desierto

I was reflecting on that beautiful “footprints” prayer where the write noticed that there was only one set of footprints.  “It was because I carried you”, Jesus replied to them.   How encouraging that prayer is for all Christians, yet on an even higher level it has even more beauty in a bittersweet way.  The reason being that He Who was often alone… even surrounded by people yet still…  alone .   Those solitary footprints in the sand depicted His own life.. lived for others, yet with much loneliness.., except for the Father’s presence with Him.

His loneliness is not because He chooses to be alone, but that so few want to share close company with Him.   So few want to work close beside Him, even close BEHIND Him.  This is a part of His sorrows that Isaiah spoke about when he called Him, “The Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.”    Many wanted to make Him King during His ministry, but only so that He could make sure all of their physical needs were met.      “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill”, He told those who were searching for Him after He slipped away to a mountaintop to pray to the Father.. escaping their attempts to make Him their physical king.   They wanted a king who would do their bidding., not one in Whom  they would be subject to out of love for Him.

Even we Christians, tend to want to be our own “kings”.  This is why we leave Him Who is pure Truth alone, and only come up to Him when doing so serves our desires and agendas.  So He experiences loneliness from us more than we can comprehend- yet of all man (and He is not only the Son of God, but also the Son of Man) there is none who will ever love us in our most unloveable conditions than Him.  He desires to bring us from our self-idolatry to a genuine unity with Him.    His solitary footprints lead to the Father.  Who will add their footprints with His?