The Need to Be Still and Be Carried: The Wisdom of a “Trite” Poem

Jesus is carrying us when we suffer most. This is hard to remember because often, when we are struggling, people urge us forward. Get up! Go on with your day! Let’s move!

Yes, I say. And yet… sometimes when we allow ourselves to feel, to really feel our feelings rather than fight through them, peace follows.

Knock and the door will be opened to you… Ask and it will be granted…

Yes, I say. And yet… sometimes we don’t get what we want. How can we be grateful for our pain and disappointment?

What always helped me when I was having a hard time was to look at myself as if from above, as a loving person would look at their beloved child. As God would look at one of his creations that was struggling… With pity and concern is how he looks at us when we are struggling.

And out of the valley of bones, a place of despair, comes the message that Jesus carrying us in our suffering. That he is carrying us. And that we are not forgotten. If you are being carried by God, that means that you are his beloved child, and that all shall be well.

Jesus is carrying us when we suffer most.

Footprints in the Sand
by Mary Stevenson

One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
“Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You’d walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.”

He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you.”



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