Tell us about the role that faith plays in your life — or doesn’t. – Daily Prompt
The above is a question from daily prompt section here on Word Press to give you ideas on things to write about if you are at a loss as to what to write about. Today’s question seemed like one that would be a good topic for me to write on. This question reminded me of one of my favorite poems – Footprints In The Sand by Mary Stevenson.
FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND
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 noticed that during the most trying periods of my life
There have only been one set of prints in the sand.
Why, When I have needed you most, you have not been there for me?”
The Lord replied,
“The times when you have seen only one set of footprints
Is when I carried you.”
Do I always like the struggles we all encounter at different times in life? No. Do I wish they didn’t come and life was always easy? Yes. But the struggles are often what allow you to grow the most. Sometimes it takes a difficult situation to make you realize you have been going about things your way, trying to do the things you wanted to do and not necessarily doing things to help share God’s love among everyone.
I also believe that struggles come to us as an opportunity to share our faith with others who may not have such a strong faith or may not believe at all. How often do we go through difficult times and others witness this only later to say they don’t know how we did it? That is an open ended conversation starter where we can share our faith and how important God is in helping us through those daily struggles and situations we may come upon.
To me, faith is important because without it I think there would be situations where one would feel helpless and lost. With faith regardless of how helpless or lost I feel I always know that there is a way out and that all will be well in the end. Faith shows that God is with you and working through you. He has not and will not ever give up on you regardless of anything you can do. What a comfort it is in knowing such a thing!