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 belonged to him, 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 always, but I have noticed that during the darkest moments of my life there were only one set of footprints in the sand. Why Lord, would you abandon me when I needed you most?”
The Lord replied, “My precious child, I love you more than anything and would never abandon you. During your time of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”