Traces and the way


“There are three things that are too amazing for me,
four that I do not understand:
the way of an eagle in the sky,
the way of a snake on a rock,
the way of a ship on the high seas,
the way of a man with a young woman.
Proverbs 30:18-19

Tracks are important. Oftentimes they are useful to help the hunter find the piece he wants to capture. For the experienced hunter, the ground is a clear map where the traces of the prey indicate in which direction it moves, if it is accompanied and the time elapsed since the target went through that place. These traces can not be detected in rocky terrain, water or air because there is no footprint of any kind to determine the trajectory executed by the animal. The paths in which we travel are no more than the accumulation of traces of all persons and vehicles that have followed that way. That is, the superposition of traces results in the creation and persistence of the road. Perhaps this is what the great Spanish poet Antonio Machado wanted to say with

Wanderer, there is no road,
the road is made by walking.

The child of God who fulfills his purpose always leaves a trace. Even after leaving the world to meet the Lord in the heavenly mansion, the memory and example of his good works and all he did for the service and glory of his Lord remains. Unfortunately, there are a few children of God that pass through this world and do not leave the slightest trace of their stay. They are like dry branches that give volume to the tree but do not produce leaves or flowers or fruit. For the new year that is quickly approaching let us resolve to leave a lasting trace, not so much that people know that so and so happened to pass through here but to reflect the glory of God that, in the end, is the main purpose of our existence. To God alone be the glory!

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