in deepest sleep one night i dreamed,
that on a beach I walked.
God was by my side each step,
and quietly we talked.
there on the sky, my life was flashed:
the visions all serene.
two sets of footprints in the sand
were there in every scene.
but then i noticed, in some scenes
of suffering, pain, and strife,
just a single set of foot prints
at the worst times of my life.
"God, you said, you'd stay by me,
in good times and in bad...
why then, did you leave me,
each time my life was sad?"
"my precious child," God answered.
"when your life had pain, I knew.
the single set of foot prints
were the times I carried you."
~ Kat Brown ( “the footprints of God” , 1964)