Footprints in the Sand


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One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the LORD. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: One belonged to him, the other to the LORD.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of foot prints. He also noticed that it happened at the lowest and saddest times in his life.

This really bothered him and he questioned the LORD about it. “LORD, you said that once I decided to follow you you would walk with me all of the way But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times of my life there is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why, when I needed you the most, you would leave me.”

The LORD replied, “My precious, 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.

By Carolyn Joyce Carty ©

Music: ‘Dreams’ © Margi Harrell


  1. it has made me understand how caring our Lord in heaven. Lord i promise never to get angry with you again. i am sorry i did not realise how much you love, protect and care for me. i just can not thank you enough.

  2. I have found myself in hard, conflicting places lately. Along the past year I have really lost my passion for God and the knowledge of His love and power. Thank you for reminding me. I am done with the feelings that have been bottled up inside for so long. I am not content with my faith any more, and it’s been hard to realize that the reason for all my heartache is because my faith in God has been so lost. Still, the Lord carries me. I am so undeserving, yet so loved. Thank you.

  3. This is the last day of this year! It has been a very difficult time – so much grief and sadness – sometimes, unbearable. This poem, like so many other inspirational messages takes me to a place filled with so much love and forgiveness – I have no room for negativity in my heart – Our Lord and Savior is there for all of us – all we need to do is ASK and it will be given.

  4. April 3rd,2009 I lost my brother, He would have been 56 this August. Every time I read this, I cry even more.


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