Norma Bernal Obituary, Death Cause – Throughout the course of one specific night, I dreamt that I was having a conversation with God while the two of us strolled along the beach. In the dream, we were talking about various things. My life seemed to be playing out in front of me like a montage of many events from throughout my lifetime at that one moment.
I examined in each of the several areas, and I was able to locate footprints in the sand in all of them. There were times when there was only one set of footprints, and there were other times when there was more than one set of footprints. Generally speaking, though, there was always at least one set of footprints.
This troubled me because I had seen that whenever I was going through difficult periods in my life, such as when I was in a condition of unhappiness, despair, or defeat, I was the only person whose footprints I could see. This meant that I was the only person whose footsteps I could see. Because of this, I had the impression that I was the only person going through these experiences.
This led me to question of the Lord, “Who are you?” as a direct consequence of what had occurred. “You informed me, Lord, that if I followed you, you would walk with me at all times, and that was your promise to me. If I followed you, then I would always have you by my side. If I were to follow you, I would always have you by my side since we would be inseparable.
Yet, I have observed that at the most difficult times in my life, there has only been one set of tracks in the sand. This is something that I find quite interesting. This is something that will remain ingrained in my memory forever. This is something that has sparked my interest and that I think to be absolutely fascinating. Why haven’t you been there for me when I needed you the most, when you might have benefited the most from my assistance?” In response, the Lord communicated with the young child, saying, “My child, the years in which you have only seen one set of footprints are the years in which I carried you.”