Two Sets of Footprints : An Inspiring Poem

Published on: March 22, 2023 (Updated on: April 22, 2024)

Two sets of footprints in the sand is a powerful inspiring poem. The author of the poem is unknown but the poem has always been a classic piece that has been a source of inspiration for many people including music artists, such as the late DMX.

Two Sets of Footprints in the Sand

One night, a man dreamed a dream. He was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the dark sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand, One belonging to him and one to the Lord.

After 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, especially at the very lowest and saddest times, there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled him, so he 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."

The Lord 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."


Michael Akerele