A colleague (who I can confidently call a friend) related her personal experience after much trepidation. Though it happened couple of years back, actually 10 years back but still while narrating it she shuddered.

Another close family friend of ours, went for a random routine body checkup and on insistence of the sales girl, underwent ultrasound, only to find a huge tumor in between his kidneys which led to immediate surgery. It turned out to be benign, phew! Nevertheless he and his family went through ‘a lot’!

Experiences of these kinds, including what we ourselves go through personally, often makes us think, at least stop a while and question ourselves “why” and more so “why me”?! Sounds rhetorical but I guess a very easy-to-relate-to situation.

Upon contemplation only this comes to my mind, that retrospectively, we realize that from somewhere a great amount of courage had suddenly being infused in us and we were able to handle it. Looking back, we wonder how was it really possible that we could go through so much and would we have it in us to undergo something like that again?

You realize that there must have been a Divine hand gently guiding you and the famous “footprints on the sand” story springs up (which is reproduced below for your read).

And the second thought that comes is that now that we have been infused with that extra courage and wisdom it is time for us to give back to all those who need it. That I am ready to be His medium. And once this thought takes a stronghold, we naturally become healers. And Nature has enough and more to give and waiting for more and more to become its medium.

Life suddenly takes on a different meaning!!

“One night I dreamed a dream. 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.

When the last scene of my life shot before me I looked back at the footprints in the sand. There was only one set of footprints. I realized that this was at the lowest and saddest times of my life. This always bothered me and I questioned the Lord about my dilemma.

"Lord, You told me when I decided to follow You, You would walk and talk with me all the way. But I'm aware that during the most troublesome times of my life there is only one set of footprints. I just don't understand why, when I need You most, You leave me."

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

By Shalini Nair

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