Recently I was asked to write a letter to an Air Force ROTC cadet to help him get through the challenging times he would be facing while completing his summer training requirement. I wrote a short letter and included the following story named “Footprints.”
One night a man had 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.
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 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 foot prints, it was then that I carried you.” (Author unknown)
When we pray to God for His immediate help, He reassures us with His Promise in the Bible in Hebrews 13:5 “I will never leave you, nor will I forsake (abandon) you.” With God beside us, guiding us with each step, all of life’s difficulties can be resolved in accordance with God’s plan and purpose for our lives. God's presence and help in rough times has really helped me many times (I Thank you, God)
Love you all,
Your Pastor and Chaplain
John Szilvasy SFA Chapter IX