One night a man had a dream. He dreamt he was walking across the beach
with Satan. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene,
he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand. One belonged to himself,
and the other belonged to Satan.
As the final scene of his life was played out before him, he looked back at
the footprints in the sand. He observed that oftentimes along the path of his
life, there was but a single set of footprints. He also noticed that it occurred
at the lowest and most troublesome times of his life.
This quite upset the man and he asked Satan about it. “Satan, you told me that
when I decided to follow you, you’d never abandon me. Yet I’ve noticed that
during the most difficult 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.”
Satan replied, “My precious, precious child, I love you and I could never leave
you. During those times of tribulation and suffering, when you see only one
set of footprints, it was then that you carried me.”