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This is one of my favorite prayers. I not only have it hanging in my kitchen and den, but I also wear a charm around my neck that has it on it. It was given to me by my Dad in 1983, just about a month before he passed away.. I will cherish it always..
In tough times
“Footprints in the Sand” is a beautiful poem that we can all relate to because it depicts the frustrations we have with God when things are going badly in our lives, when we feel He doesn’t care, when we feel He isn’t there.
“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” These are the good times. Things are going well, sometimes really well. These are the most special moments of our lives, times we feel close God, the birth of our child, the promotion at work, the news that we don’t have cancer, times when we know God is there and we don’t hesitate to thank Him.
“This really bothered me and so 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 needed you most, you would leave me.” Here, some of that anger comes out. The author assumes the prints belong to her, and she carried the burden alone and now questions God. What I love most is that God doesn’t seem to be the least bit bothered by the fact she is angry with Him or questioning Him. He understands her doubts and answers them.
The Lord replied: “My child, 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” Here is where the truth comes out. Our walk with the Lord always breeds truth and the truth sets us free. He carries us. He holds us. His Love is not dependent on whether we love Him back. He allows these trials but doesn’t abandon us during them. Suffering is a mystery but it’s also Holy. He is there. He always has been. We must, however, believe this. Everything that contradicts this is just a feeling, not faith.
This poem also shatters our pride. This is where the healing finally occurs! Sometimes we may feel that we have gotten through a struggle on our own, that when we overcome adversity it’s because we fought hard, we worked hard, we suffered through it and we tend to pat ourselves on the back for being a strong person and having overcome it all by ourself. They Lord most tenderly and lovingly says to us here... “no you didn’t”. We got through it because the Lord held us up. He didn’t let us drown, in fact in this poem, He doesn’t even let the waters touch our feet. He carried us through it all.
We all wish to be carried at times, to be taken care of, to give it to someone else to handle. Great news! We have someone who wants to do just that!