“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.”
When you run a program on a computer, the computer dedicates resources to your program. This includes memory for the program itself, memory for the program to save temporary results, and when needed long term storage like a disk. Further when your program needs to talk to other programs or computers half way around the world, the computer provides routines which make this easy and possible.
If the program happens to be one you wrote then you may aware about these resources – Resources that computer operating system is providing.
What you may not realise is how hard the computer and operating system strive to keep your program running. They protect you from other programs mistakes or malicious attempts keeping your memory secure. They allocate as much resource as you initially need and then more as your programs needs it. If other programs hog too many resources the operating system will automatically terminate those programs so that yours can keep running.
In simple terms the operating system is trying very hard to let your program run and do what it was meant to – safe and secure as possible. The programs themselves don’t actually know there is something bigger than the program taking care of them.
In our day to day life with the grind and struggles, it is easy to forget that we are a little like programs. We run on auto pilot, the routine repeats. Sometimes things go astray and suddenly our routine is replace by crisis. If we’re lucky we muddle our way through it – perhaps at great cost and with pain.
Perhaps, during the trying times, we should think a little. Just like the program being kept safe by the computer operating, our creator and our God is taking care of us.
This poem by Margaret Powers – one of my favourites – says the same in a most eloquent way:
“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 testings. When you saw only one set of footprints, It was then that I carried you.”
― Margaret Fishback Powers