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 were one set of footprints.                         

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 have only been one  set of footprints in the sand.  Why, when I needed you most, you have not been there for me?”                                   

 The Lord replied, “The times when you have seen only one set of footprints, is when I carried you.”                                                   

- Mary Stevenson, ‘Footprints in the Sand’