Trenches In the Sand

[I never liked "Footprints in the Sand" due to the mental image of Jesus carrying a grown man slumped over his shoulder crying stuck in my head. So, I rewrote it to reflect a more accurate "mental picture." In my opinion, of course. This starts at the end of the original poem.]

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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 were strange holes, mounds, and trenches. He couldn't even make out 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 are strange holes, mounds, and trenches. I don't even see any 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 no longer see footprints, it was then that I dragged you, kicking and screaming."

"But LORD," the man said, "that is most of my life."

The LORD replied:

"Yup."