Footprints in the sand

The poem, Footprints in the Sand, is not directly from the Bible. There are verses in the Bible that could have inspired it, but there are none that have the exact wording. The poem is about a person who needed help during times of struggle but only saw one set of footprints during those times. They felt alone, but the reason for the one set of footprints was that they were being carried during those hard times. Below we have listed some useful and relevant Bible verses that the poem could have been taken from. Can you relate? Add your personal Bible verse below!

See Also : The Serenity Prayer

The Footprints Prayer

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.”

– by Margaret Fishback Powers

Bible Verses:

Matthew 11:28 ~ “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Deuteronomy 1:31 ~ “and in the wilderness. There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”

Psalm 55:22 ~ Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.

Psalm 77:19 ~ Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen.

Hebrews 13:5  Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.


I'm a young Christian, from South Trinidad, seeking the wisdom of the Word and God's blessings on my life. A journey, that's just begun, but living to the Glory of God.

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bri rich

this is my favourite prayer /verse
I have shared it many times , and know it by heart


Ne crains rien, car je suis avec toi; Ne promène pas des regards inquiets, car je suis ton Dieu; Je te fortifie, je viens à ton secours, Je te soutiens de ma droite triomphante. (Ésaïe 41:10 NEG79)
Fear thou not, for I am with thee; be not dismayed, for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. (Isaiah 41:10 ASV)

celeste mcwilliams

This is for my friend Daniel brother john sister marlene and brother Arnold Please find peace with Jesus and know he is there for u Always Amen

Susanna Sera

Thank you JESUS that you are w/ me in times of my trials and trouble.Amen!

Joyce Cecilia

one of my favorite verse,
Isaiah 46:4 AMP
Even to your old age I am He, and even to hair white with age will I carry you. I have made, and I will bear; yes, I will carry and will save you.

Valdre Ammons

Thank you. My daughter learned to read from taking this wooden sign from the wall to nest in her lap. Tears of humility and joy forever mine. Btw, my father started three churches in his later yrs. And My FATHER has walked every day with me. Bless u!

Yvonne Marie Miller

This Footprints Prayer is known and loved by so many of us, its Encouraging and Comforting to those of us who feel alone in times of heavy need, and although the Footprints Poem is not a particular Bible verse I think it helps us all to know that our Holy Father will lift and carry us through all of our most darkest times.

Yvonne Marie Miller

Deuteronomy 1:31 ~ “and in the wilderness. There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”