One night I dreamed
I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
other times there was one only.
This bothered me because
I noticed that during the low periods of my life,
when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints, so I said to the Lord,
“You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you, you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed
that during the most trying periods of my life
there has only been one set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most,
have you not been there for me?”
The Lord replied,
“The years when you have seen
only one set of footprints,
my child, is when I carried you.”
(this version is attributed to Mary Stevenson, 1936)
Now consider the times of trials, the times when the Jespersens seemed to see only one set of footprints in the sand. The time when each child or adult seemed to feel only hardship and heartache. During these times I here Harvey and Elsie crying out, "Lord, surely You haven't left us to walk this valley alone?" During unbelievable pain I hear young voices asking, "God, if You really exist, where are You? Don't You care?" If His answer comes a bit slow, it isn't because He does not care, but because He is carrying you through the storms of life. He knows the pain you have to endure, yet so you might be able to persevere He has taken the pain upon Him. If you don't believe me, look at the scars in His hands. For it was on the cross that He carried your greatest burdens, defeated your most horrible nightmares, put to rest the pain and affliction you have even now so sharply felt. Know that He took it first upon Him that you might find your way through this dark valley into His glorious Light. So don't fret, or argue, or despair when things seem tough or burdensome. Instead praise God for lifting the weight of these times on His own shoulders ... because He loves you with an everlasting love.
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