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Footprints of Life

Having been born into a Christian family, I’ve been taught at a very young age the importance of Faithful living.  In a world filled with uncertainties and doubts, it takes Faith to rise above the unknown with assurance of a greater good to come out of the twists and turns of life. 

Christianity plays a major role in my life, and I can’t fathom a life without God being the center of it. There is a popular poem, by an anonymous author, that I’ve held close to my heart since the very first time I read it, known as “Footprints in the Sand.” This poem talks about a man’s dream in which he is walking on the beach with the Lord, throughout his life on earth. Looking at the footprints in the sand, the man notices only one set of footprints during the difficult stages of his life and questions the Lord on where He was during those times. The Lord replies, that it was during those difficult times in the man’s life that the Lord was carrying him, and that is why he had only seen one set of footprint.

This poem impacted me on a more personal level, as I’d recall the many times I’d doubt God’s presence in my life during the rough, chaotic phases of my life.  I then remember His promises, that He would never leave me, or harm me, and that during suck difficult times in my life, He will carry me through the hurdles. 

In remembrance of this poem, I wear a ring with footprints engraved around it. I never leave the house without it, and it serves to be a reminder that whatever each day may hold, through the good times and the bad times, there is a Higher Being, the God Almighty, that carries me through my walk of life.

Here is a copy of the poem:


One night I had a dream–
I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord
and across the sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene I noticed two sets of footprints,
one belonged 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 would 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 in times when I needed you most,
you should leave me.”
The Lord replied, “My precious, precious child,
I love you and I would never, never leave you
during your times of trial and suffering.
“When you saw only one set of footprints,
it was then that I carried you.”



(from http://www.amandashome.com/footprints.html)

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~ by renyvarughese on March 30, 2011.

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