night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with
the Lord. 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 the Lord.
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 the Lord 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."
The Lord 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."