There is a poem, Footprints in the Sand, by Mary Stevenson, it starts: 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 belonging to him, and the other to the LORD. As you read the poem you find the man had gone through terrible trials and in those periods he saw only ONE set of footprints… upon asking the Lord why, He answered “My son, my 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.” Jesus gave us the promise “I will never leave you or forsake you, I will never let go of your hand”.
I know that sometimes it is hard to “keep the faith”, but you won’t get too down on yourself when you remember the disciples who walked with Jesus daily, saw Him open blinded eyes, strengthen lame legs, cleanse the lepers, and yet, when the storm came upon the sea they were afraid! LordMark 4:39-41 “Teacher, is it nothing to you that we’re going down?” Awake now, he told the wind to pipe down and said to the sea, “Quiet! Settle down!” The wind ran out of breath; the sea became smooth as glass. Jesus reprimanded the disciples: “Why are you such cowards? Don’t you have any faith at all?” They were in absolute awe, staggered. “Who is this, anyway?” they asked. “Wind and sea at his beck and call!”
I can’t even count the times a day a whispered prayer is on my lips, a two-word prayer, simply “Help Me”, I may say it six times before I stop and say “Thank You Lord, I know you already have“. We all go through the “valley of the shadow of death,” but when we do, if we maintain that Jesus is with us, we will “fear no evil” because we can say “for you are with me, your rod and your staff, they comfort me“, comfort, that is what we need. It is then that He lifts us up, and places us on His shoulder. Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
Remember, He is with you to carry you through your darkest storm and lift you up!