‘Footprints In The Sand‘ poem is a famous poem and holds great significance, especially for Christians.
I will explain why this is such a great poem and has a special place in my heart.
First, let’s close our eyes for a minute and remember Jesus.
Now, open your eyes gently and recite, Footprint in the Sand.
One night I dreamed a dream.
I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.
When the last scene of my life shot before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
There was only one set of footprints.
I realized that this was at the lowest and saddest times of my life.
This always bothered me and I questioned the Lord about my dilemma.
“Lord, You told me when I decided to follow You,
You would walk and talk with me all the way.
But I’m aware that during the most troublesome times of my life
there is only one set of footprints.
I just don’t understand why, when I need You most, You leave me.”
He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you,
never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
it was then that I carried you.”
Meaning Of The Poem ‘Footprints In The Sand’
The author of the poem, Footprints in the sand, describes walking along a beach with God even with footprints of God visible.
You pray to God for good things to come in your way, and when that happens you are obliged and your faith grows deeper in God.
But sadly, when you undergo times of tribulation and misfortune, you tend to relinquish your faith in God and accuse him of not being there when needed the most.
In the poem Footprints in the sand, the lines “But I’m aware that during the most troublesome times of my life there is only one set of footprints. I just don’t understand why, when I need You most, You leave me”, reveals your perspective towards hardships.
You ponder about why God left your side when you needed him the most.
You easily end up blaming him and your trust in him hinders.
You tend to forget all the good things he did to you and only remember the harsh times you underwent or are undergoing.
You start to feel that your prayers went unanswered.
When some hardships and distressing situations befall you, you should first obey, and then look to God, pray to God asking him to provide you the strength to overcome the hurdles rather than complaining.
When you are in the darkest days of your life, you often feel that you are scattered and trudging all alone.
It could be ranging from facing severe financial problems, failures, or quarrels with your loved ones to the demise of someone close to you.
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No one is at fault for all the happenings, you can’t expect things to be impeccable and work according to your wish and ways.
You must remember that nothing lasts forever, neither pain nor glory.
All of it is a mirage.
Pain is temporary and you ought to deal with it.
The reality is that there is no perfect situation, there will always be some challenges present in there.
Facing hardships is inevitable. It’s no excuse to lose your faith in God just because you are having a bad time.
The combination of good and bad times that make up your journey worth it.
Life isn’t all about rainbows and sunshine.
The problems are created by you or the circumstances happening in your life and when you can’t face them, you start blaming God instead of being thankful that you have not been so badly affected or hurt.
If one way is blocked this doesn’t mean everything is over, there are many more ways to overcome things, just select the perfect one for you, and God will lead you ahead.
God granted you life, so how can you blame or nag that God is not with you? He is present in every form. He is the symbol of 3 Os i.e. Omnipotence, Omniscience, and Omnipresence.
Even Jesus has been through hardships himself and wants you also to go through so that you come out stronger, there is always a hidden lesson behind everything that happens.
God has always been there and helps you to come out of it and provides you with immense courage. Life is all about ups and downs but this doesn’t mean you will stop trying and stop believing in God or yourself.
Footprints in the sand prayer extols you to have faith and wait for the right thing and time everything will get better and easier as time passes.
Don’t be mistaken to think that God is sitting idle while you suffer.
In the poem, you notice that there is only one pair of footprints when the person is going through a traumatic phase, but there is a beautiful mystery hidden behind it.
As you read Footprints In The Sand further, you come across the line “When you saw only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”
It discloses that while you were busy inculpating god for putting you in a bad situation he was doing the needful for you.
In the prayer, Footprints in the sand, the author is cautioning you and telling you that God did not abandon you to suffer, instead, he carried you to the other phase of hardships.
God wants to covey that you are his precious child…
He loves you unconditionally…
And would never leave you…
No matter what happens!
Those are the footsteps of God, and he is carrying you over his shoulders to protect you as much as he can. He never left you alone, all this while, it’s been him and you.
Some people believe that the Footprints In The Sand poem is based on scripture. For instance, Deuteronomy 1:31 says “There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”
The Lord carries you like any parent would carry their own child when he/she is injured or facing problems.