Download Footprints (I had a dream) as a Word doc.
Produced in 2008 as part of the Rep Comedy Revue in Canberra, directed by Rob de Fries.
Man and God walk along a beach together.
Man It is a privilege to walk alongside my God, even in a dream.
God My son, there is no place I would rather walk.
Man My Lord, look back down the beach at the journey we have taken. Every step along the way is a scene from my life. Look, there is my fiftieth birthday! My wedding day! My first visit from the tooth fairy! Up there in the distance, I can see my mother and father holding me as a newborn baby. For every scene, I can see two sets of footprints in the sand, one belonging to me and one belonging to you, my Lord. Is this a dream, or is this the truth?
God It is a true dream.
Man Then this beach we are walking along – it is my life?
God It is.
Man But God – when I look back upon all the hardest times of my life, the most difficult and awful experiences that I faced, the suffering and heartbreak that I went through – at those times I see only one set of footprints. Why is it, Lord, that in those moments when I needed you most of all, you were not there? Why then did I have to walk alone?
God 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, my son, it was then that I carried you.
Man Wow. That’s amazing.
Man That’s a stunning revelation. I don’t know what to say. I’m grateful. I’m more grateful than I can express.
God You are welcome, my son.
Man I mean seriously, that’s unbelievably caring of you. I apologise for doubting your constancy. I thought that when the going got tough you had abandoned me, but instead those were the times that you took me into your arms and carried me. You’ve been a better friend then I could have ever asked for.
God It is what I do. I am not a high God, nor a distant one. I am your friend, your companion on this strife-filled earth.
Man Right, yeah, definitely. Hey can I ask one more question?
God Of course.
Man Why is it your footprints that disappear and come back and mine that keep going?
God Well, um…
Man Because if you were carrying me, wouldn’t it be my footprints that disappeared? It’s just that my set of footprints is unbroken all the way up the beach, but yours keep disappearing. That seems a bit weird, doesn’t it?
God Well you see-
Man Unless you picked me up off the ground, took my shoes off, put them on your own feet, took a step to the right so you were standing in my footprints, and then started walking.
Man Yes what?
God That’s what happened. I picked you up because, you know, because of the strife that you were going through, and I swapped our shoes around and then I continued your footprints.
God Uh, because, because I didn’t want to alarm you by making it look like you’d fallen in the water or something…
Man This is complete rubbish, isn’t it?
God Kind of.
Man Where did you go? Where were you when I was going through the worst times of my life?
God (mumbles) …ice-cream…
Man What did you say?
God There was an ice-cream van.
Man Are you telling me that when I needed you the most, when I was struggling, frightened and confused, you buggered off to get an ice-cream?
Man Why didn’t you get me one?
God I didn’t know if you’d want one.
Man Well you never asked, did you?
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