I read this story years ago. And right today, I was reminded of it again. Twice. By 2 people that were closest to my heart. Thanks Mieke and Christian.
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 belonging 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 of 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 child, I love you and would never leave you. During times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints in the sand it was then that I carried you.”
Right now, i’m going through some serious trials.. and i’m not going to lie. It feels like shit and I honestly don’t know why things have turned out the way they have, why God allowed it, or how the future will turn out. It hurts. So bad. But I refuse to blame God. Or doubt His bigger and better plan for me. Who am I to say what I want is best??? He knows everything. And I am reminded of this prayer that I made just a few years and again a few months ago. Whatever happens, you have allowed it to happen for a reason and I will follow and obey you till my last breath, just like Job. I will hold fast to God and His promises, even though I can’t understand or see them right now. I know that one day, God-willing, I will be able to look back at my life and understand why He allowed all these to happen, even though they sucked. Because this is for my good. For better.
Keep the faith dear readers, even when it hurts. Remember, you are NEVER alone.