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.  In each scene he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand – one belonging to him and the other belonging to the Lord.  When the last scene flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints and noticed that many times along the path there was only one set of footprints in the sand.  He also noticed that this happened during the lowest and saddest times in his life.  This bothered the man and he questioned the Lord and he said, “Lord, you said once I decided to follow you, you would walk beside me all the way but I noticed that during the most troublesome times of my life, there was only one set of footprints.  I don’t understand why when I needed you most, you deserted me?”

The Lord replied, “My precious child.  I love you and will never leave you.   During your times of trial and sufferings when you saw only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”

~Margaret Fishback Powers~