Monday, May 12, 2008

Footprints In The Sand...

So I know that this poem isn't one that hasn't been heard multiple times before. Odds are one has heard or read the poem at least once in their lifetime. But for me, this poem was one of those things where I had read it as a child being that it was printed on a magnet on our refrigerator, but the reality of what it spoke of didn't come to me until I read it again when I was older. So often, especially in the hardest times of our lives we feel as though God is no longer in control of us and that He's slowly letting us slip away from His grasp. But we're wrong. It's in those very times where He is closest :)

"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. "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 son, My 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." "
--Mary Stevenson

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