One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along a 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 belonging 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 so he turned to the Lord and said, "There is something I don't understand. Why is it that down the hills and over the smooth and easy places you have walked by my side. But over the tough and difficult places I have walked alone, for I see in those areas there is just one set of footprints?"
The Lord turned to the man and said, "My precious child. I love you and I never left you. It is that while your life was easy I walked along your side. But here, where the walking was hard and the paths were difficult, it was then that I carried you."