Since I mentioned this poem in my very first post, “Hello,” I thought I would share the poem itself with you. It is called “Footprints” or “Footprints In the Sand.” It is often not credited with an author, but some evidence has come to light that a woman named Mary Stevenson wrote it in 1936. This website, http://www.footprints-inthe-sand.com/index.php?page=Main.php, gives the story and information about the poem. It is rather interesting.
There are varying versions of the poem, and the one I have put on here is different from the one on the website I listed above. However, since there was no copywrite on the poem until very recently, it would have been quite simple for anyone to “play” with the original a bit before turning it into wall art, a calendar, putting it in a book, etc. The version I have on here is my favorite; it’s the one I remember reading as a child. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
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, and 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 footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very 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’d 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, when I needed you 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.”