When I was child

When I was child, like most children do, I stood next to the refrigerator. Waiting ….waiting… I was dependent on others. The fact was, I could not open the refrigerator door on my own. To the left of this monstrous refrigerator was a  blank wall. On this long stretch of wall, there was a single poem.

Footprints in the Sand

One night I had a dream.

I dreamed I was walking along the beach
with the Lord..

Across the sky flashed scenes from my life..
For each scene, I noticed two sets of
footprints in the sand,
one belonging to me, and the other to the Lord..

When the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that many times along the path of my life
there was only one set of footprints.
I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest
and saddest times in my life.

This really bothered me
and I 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 need you most you would leave me.”

The Lord replied:
“My precious child, I love you and 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.”

by Mary Stevenson

Footprints in the sand on beach near San José del Cabo, Mexico at sunrise
I know now what this poem means to me, and why I stared at it so much as a child.

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