“One night I dreamed a dream.
As 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.”
“After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.”
“This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
‘Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You’d walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would 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.’ ” -Mary Stevenson
On your journey, have you ever stopped to look back at how far you have come? To see both the ups and downs of your story can be truly enlightening, especially knowing that your Heavenly Father has been with you every step of the way, carrying you through the hard times. However, there are many occasions when we get so caught up in the path before us that we forget where we have been.
For instance, someone places their hand on a hot stove top and burns it. That is something they shouldn’t forget, right? Well, about thirty minutes later, they do it again without giving it a second thought. You may be thinking to yourself, “How stupid can someone truly be?” Well, my friends, we may not repetitively put our hands on a burning stove, but we do find ourselves repeating the same mistakes. If we were to look back on our journey, we would find, in circumspect, we have continually stumbled over the same obstacles, never fully learning to avoid them.
It was George Santayana who said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
Today, I encourage you to look back along your path, remembering the hurdles you cleared and those you have stumbled over, hopefully learning to clear more and to navigate around or eliminate those ahead.