Footprints in the sand.
January 17th, 2002
Received by H.
.... and you walked all day long with these words in your head, you went so far as to download the text from the Internet. Why don’t you write it here?
H.: Yes, it is true. All day long, I was thinking of these words. Here they are:
FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND
One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with Jesus.
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 was 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 Jesus, “You promised me, Jesus,
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 times when you have seen only one set of footprints
Is when I carried you.”
Yes, I made you remember these words. Because you have an unsolved problem.
H.: A problem?
Don’t you have any? Then you have solved everything?
H.: Ah!... I understand. You are referring to the letter!
Exactly. Your German friend’s letter. She is desperate, she feels forlorn, everything turns out bad for her, and she wrote to you. She awaits your answer.
H.: It is true, and I feel really embarrassed because I don’t know what to tell her.
And how about these words?
H.: These are beautiful words. But I understand that sometimes one is in such a difficult situation that these words might prove counter-productive. This has happened to me often. Then I prefer that nobody talks to me, because I think “They can talk so easily, but am I in serious trouble, and what good is all this talk for?”
But she has written to you. Don’t you think that she waits for some help from your side, even if it is just some words of encouragement?
H.: Yes, you are right, but I really don’t know what to tell her.
And you want to write a book, without knowing what to tell people? Why you don’t tell her the following:
I know that you have serious problems. Nothing turns out well for you. Even when you volunteered for social work in another country, on another continent, they did not accept you. And always when these situations arise, we have to analyze our motives.
We have repeated endlessly that Our Heavenly Father listens to our prayers. He fulfills our desires, but always under the condition that our desire really benefits us.
If the motive for this intended change is not really in the first place the social work itself, but perhaps some kind of escape from a situation that you find unbearable in your own country, such as materialism and superficiality, have you thought that exactly the same thing might await you there? Or perhaps something worse? Thinking that way, perhaps you might conclude that the fact of not being accepted is not necessarily a failure, but the prevention of something worse.
In addition, you have to analyze your professional and family situation. What are the circles you move in? Who are your friends and partners? Do they help you and do they benefit you? Because you have to understand that all souls are in constant contact, in constant exchange with their surroundings. You can receive “positive energy,” if you allow me to express myself this way, but it may also happen that people in your environment “sucks” the rest of your energy, and they leave you weak and empty, feeling cold and alone. Think it over.
Precisely in our moments of despair, we are strongest. It is then when we are closer to God than ever.
Life often demands changes. It is necessary to take decisions with wisdom, but principally, we have to learn that our happiness depends on our inner peace, a peace that we can only obtain with God’s help, through His Love.
And I also want you to stop seeing all that happens as a "punishment from God." God does not punish you. There are so many mass murderers in high positions, enjoying lots of money and luxury, and God does not punish them. Their own life will fall upon them like a heavy weight, squashing them, when their hour has come, but God does not punish. Do not think in these ways.
You have to learn to listen inside you. You will hear a voice that will guide you. But in order to hear this voice, you have to continue praying, so that peace returns to your heart. You will perceive your guidance, as all mortals may perceive it. Moreover, this guidance will ensure that your decisions will be for the best.
This voice will also give you the certainty that you are never alone, that we are always with you, in the good times and in the bad times. We are keen to help you, and to do so we need your attention.
You live in a given environment, but you are not a passive object that has to tolerate everything. Instead you have the possibility of determining and influencing your surroundings.
However, the most important thing I want to tell you is, do not abandon prayer and do not lose your faith, because nobody will help you, only God.
The living soul is a soul full with hopes and aspirations. When people lose this, they lose everything, and they wither like autumn leaves.
H.: I think I will send this message just as I received it.
This is OK with me. Do it.
You know, sometimes I feel like a father, who wants to explain to his son who despairs of school projects, that school is not everything, that there is so much more beyond it — but he cannot do so, because he would run the risk that the boy misunderstands this. Actually it is spirituality which takes us away from daily life, elevating us. From above, even the biggest obstacles look pretty small.
With much love, and with many greetings to S___,
Your brother in Heaven,
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