Footprints in the Sand
In the hardest times of my life, someone in my life has always gifted me the poem "Footprints in the Sand".
On one occasion, it was on a poster. On another occasion, it was the front cover of a notebook. Yet another, an insert for my wallet (which to this day is in the little window of my wallet). I even have a fridge magnet with the poem written on it, as well as a button with a footprint to represent the poem. All of these things gifted to me by friends, some of who didn't even know how significant this poem was to me. All given to me when I needed it most.
I first read this poem when I was a teenager, going through a hard time. I wouldn't call myself a practicing Catholic during this particular point of my life. Rather I'd say I was leaning more towards agnosticism. Spiritual, sure, but Jesus wasn't a necessary part of that spirituality. Neither was the Lord as the Father I have grown to know.
Reading this poem, though, stirred my heart in a way I hadn't experienced before. My eyes stung with tears. In the darkness of my world, this poem spoke to the depths of my heart and helped play a part in shifting my faith back towards our beautiful Church.
So, it's important to me. I consider it a reminder that God sends to me through another person every time I need it most. I genuinely believe that God worked through my friends each time I received this poem because each time it was something I really needed in that very moment.
Today, for some reason, I felt I really needed to share it on here. There's someone reading this right now who I think needs to hear it, every bit as much as I needed to hear it in my life.
And so hear it is... I hope this brings you some comfort and healing today. You are not alone. <3
"Footprints in the Sand"
One night I dreamed a dream. As I was walking along the beach with my Lord. Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand, One belonging to me and one to my Lord.
After the last scene of my life flashed before me, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that at many times along the path of my life, especially at the very lowest and saddest times, there was only one set of footprints.
This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it. "Lord, you said once I decided to follow you, You'd walk with me all the way. But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life, there was only one set of footprints. I don't understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me."
He whispered, "My precious child, I love you and will never leave you Never, ever, during your trials and testings. When you saw only one set of footprints, It was then that I carried you."
With so much love, Kasia