One 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.
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."