One night I had a dream.
I was walking along the beach with the Lord,
and across the skies flashed scenes of my life.
In each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand.
One was mine, and the one was the Lord's.
When the last scene of my life appeared before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand, and to my surprise,
I noticed that many times along the path of my life
there was only one set of footprints.
And I noticed that it was at the lowest and saddest times in my life.
I asked the Lord about it.
"Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you,
you would walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life
there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why you
left my side when I needed you most."
The Lord replied, "My precious child, I love you and would never leave you.
During your times of trial and suffering, where you see only one set of footprints,
I was carrying you."