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 belonged 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 the most you would leave me"

The LORD replied, "My precious, 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."