Miry Clay and Footprints

Miry Clay and Footprints

Footprints in the sand on beach near San José del Cabo, Mexico at sunrise

He’d rescued me out of the miry clay and stood me on a solid rock.

I owed Him my life, my heart, my soul, my all.

I don’t know why He saved me and not Annie, but He did. He has a purpose for me, yet. And I will spend the rest of my days worshipping Him. Serving Him.

Forever, these will be my life verses — Psalm 40:1-3. I waited patiently for the LORD; and He inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God.

~~ The Holy Bible, Common English Translation and Swept Away, Abingdon Press Quilts of Love series, November 2014, by Laura V. Hilton and Cindy Loven.


Did you ever have a life changing experience? For some of us, it is literally a close brush with death that shakes you up and turns your focus to God. For others it may be some other tragedy; a disease, a job loss, or the passing of a good friend.

Did you ever notice that when things are going well, we act like we don’t need God? We’re doing just fine on our own. But when things start going South we whine and complain that He isn’t taking care of us. We beg to be removed from the disaster (whatever it is) and sometimes we accuse God of hating us or abandoning us in our times of need.

The poem Footprints in the Sand (Mary Stevenson, 1936) comes to mind. I’m sure you’re familiar with it. There are two sets of footprints in the sand until a rough spot in life happened. The author asked God why He abandoned her, and God responded that it was then that He carried her.

This past year our oldest son went through some hard times that affected the whole family. His anger was out-of-control and his self-esteem suffered as a result. There were days I dreaded getting up and facing another day of “walking on eggshells” around him. I spent lots of time in prayer and Bible study, and read several books about praying scripture for our children. One such book was Prayers and Promises for Worried Parents. (Robert J. Morgan, Howard Books, 2003) I used the prayers written in the book when I prayed for my son.  I felt very alone during that time, praying with no sign that God even heard me. And I had no one to talk to. Everyone else had such perfect children. As a pastor’s wife, it was even harder, since I was in the “fishbowl.” I had to keep a smiling happy face, to pretend that my life wasn’t falling apart.

God is still working on my son as well as on me, but as a result of the trial we went through together, we both have drawn closer to God and my prayer life has grown substantially. I have faith that He is there, even if we can’t feel it.

If you are going through a hard time in your life, God has it. Give it over to Him and rest in His promises.



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Laura Hilton About Laura Hilton

Laura Hilton lives and writes in Arkansas, surrounded by her husband and five children. The author of inspirational novels about the Amish, she is also a book reviewer. Find Laura online at: her blog or Facebook page.


  1. Great post Laura!!


  2. Great post Laura!

    I have experienced a pain so great in my life that I let it control me. I am ashamed to admit it controlled me for over a year. Why, why, why, was my agonizing prayer to God. I waited for answers; I am still waiting. God finally got through to me. Judy, give it to me and leave it for me to take care of! The burden lifted. I would be a liar if I said I don’t think of it. There are days that my talking with God goes something like this. God, I still don’t understand why but you are in control. Thank you Lord for that assurance.

    Judy B


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