I first read this story many, many years ago and was reminded of it again last week when I was walking down the street. It is still as profound to me now as it was then—something to remember when life gets hard and when hope is sparse.
One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with God. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; one belonging to him, and the other to God.
When the last scene of his life flashed before him he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life.
This really bothered him and he questioned God about it. “Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, you’d walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why when I needed you most you would leave me.”
God replied, “My precious, precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”
Sometimes in life, we are faced with trials and tribulations, some harder than others, sometimes more than we can handle.
Just remember that everything that begins will come to an end—the same is true for adversity.
Nothing lasts forever. This too shall pass.
When you think there is no more fight left in you, remember what God said to me once, “Whenever you are alone or in pain, just ask, and someone will show up.”
To footprints in the sand,