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."