When the weight of the world is upon your shoulders and you find yourself on the brink of despair, you must take great care to remember that the greater forces in life are love, truth and life and not hate, lies and death. At such times the temptation to deny or betray that which you know to be true of love may be strong, but at the end of the day – no matter how grim the future may seem – nothing is stronger than the irresistible force called love, when combined with the immovable object called truth.
You are never alone, no matter how forsaken you might feel in the moment. Appearances can be deceiving and convincingly, viscerally so on occasion. Take care not to harden your heart through judgment in these crucial moments. Instead, be still and know that there are greater forces at work.
Footprints in the Sand (author unknown)
One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
other times there were one set of footprints.
This bothered me because I noticed
that during the low periods of my life,
when I was suffering from
anguish, sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints.
So I said to the Lord,
‘You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you,
you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life
there have only been one set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most, you have not been there for me?’
The Lord replied,
‘The times when you have seen only one set of footprints in the sand,
is when I carried you.’