Footprints in the Sand

The poem ‘Footprints in the Sand’ has gotten me through some dark moments in life. My sister once visited Jerusalem and brought back a scroll with the poem printed on it. This scroll has always hung in my bedroom. After our journey with Eli started, I realized I needed to be reminded that God was carrying me – so, I moved it to the bathroom where I get ready each day. For those that may be unfamiliar with it, here’s the poem:

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.”

Written by Mary Stevenson

As you may know, I have struggled to keep the faith during this time of fear and the unknown but something always happens that brings me back around. I found this cartoon the other day and it made me laugh as I imagine this is what God may be saying to me. ☺

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3 comments on “Footprints in the Sand

  1. Oh my goodness, i love Footprints in the Sand and the cartoon made me bust out laughing. It is a good reminder to all of us, that God’s promise to us isn’t that there won’t be any trials in our life, His promise is that He will always be with us. He will never leave us. Beautiful! Love & hugs, Jouella

  2. Hi Melanie! I believe the last time I saw you I was introducing you both to my favorite cocktail at mom Harrington’s house! Wow how long ago was that! 🙂
    I felt compelled to comment on this post because that “footprints in the sand” poem was first was introduced to me at my mom’s funeral. I was thirteen. In the years (so many) since then it has been a source of comfort for me! As has my faith and trust in God to guide and encourage me through the craziness of raising a family! (my girls are all teenagers so my prayers are endless) I’m so glad you guys have found your faith to guide you through this unpredictable journey. My prayers are with you and I’m excited for you guys as you welcome baby Eli into the ever awesome Harrington family!!
    Blessings, Lisa

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