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Shoes and Psalm 119:105

SHOES!! I love shoes and I always have. When I was younger, I could wear any shoe and be happy about it, if it were cute. It didn’t have to be comfortable. A few years ago, I was shopping for a new pair of shoes to wear to a wedding and found the perfect pair to match my dress.  The only problem was the store did not have my size.  I loved the shoes so much I bought a half size too small and crammed my feet in those gorgeous shoes to go to the wedding.  Not a smart move—my feet hurt so much by the end of the evening, I took my shoes off and walked through the parking lot barefoot. Those shoes stayed in my closet for several years and each time I looked at them I remembered what a silly decision I made. That evening, I realized the importance of having the right sized shoe for your feet.

The older I get, the more important another aspect of having the right shoe has become– sensibility. This has been a struggle for me. I love heels and wedges but have realized that this sixty plus year old body needs to be flat on the ground. Several weeks ago, I wore cute wedges with pants that I didn’t want to hem to church.  After church I was getting out of the car at home, I fell off my shoes.  How embarrassing! At least I was in my garage and only my Darling Daughters witnessed this event.  At that moment I realized that my cute heels and wedge days were over. 

Yesterday, Darling Daughter #1, all three of my Sweet Grand Blessings and I were shopping. We love shopping and were in the shoe section. Darling Daughter #1 tried on an adorable pair of sandals. They looked great on her feet. She took a couple of steps and curled up her lip as she said, “These are so uncomfortable!”  The sole was flat and offered no support.  Darling Daughter #1 is a big fan of Birkenstocks so she knew how a shoe should feel.  The cute but non-supportive sandal went back in the box.

This morning as I was drinking my favorite coffee and watching the rain outside my window, I began thinking about yesterday’s shopping trip. We purchased several pairs of shoes, but not the flat unsupportive sandals for Darling Daughter #1. You might say those were imposters or not real shoes.  They were pretty and looked like shoes. Some people will actually purchase and wear them, even though those sandals were missing important parts of a good shoe, such as support, correct fit, sensibility and comfort.

My phone beeped as a notification came through sharing a happening in our country. I shook my head and wondered if what I had just read was true. Just as we had been fooled with the pretty shoes Darling Daughter #1 tried on yesterday, we must be careful not to be fooled with all the things we hear in our world today.

There are a lot of things we read about on social media, hear on podcasts or see on TV that can cause us to become frightened, confused or simply believe the wrong thing.  We need a guide and a light on our path to help us make sense of all that is happening around us. As Darling Daughter #1 was drawn to the cute sandal, if we are not careful and intentional, we can be drawn to the wrong things in life.

Darling Daughter #1 knew what her supportive Birkenstocks felt like and how they support her feet. When she tried on the unsupportive and uncomfortable, yet cute, sandal, she confidently rejected it and stepped back in the best shoes for her feet. Had she not experienced the support her Birkenstocks gave her, she might have thought the cute, but uncomfortable sandal was right and good for her feet.

The same thing happens with life. We are constantly bombarded with false information from all kinds of sources. We need a guidebook to help us confidently know what to do. Someone I have grown to appreciate over the past several years always says, “The Bible can help you know what to do when you don’t know what to do, but you have to hide it in your heart first.”

Hiding God’s Word in your heart means to read or listen to it, remember what you have read and then use those words to help you know what to do. The Bible should be our guidebook for life. Just as Darling Daughter #1 knew what a good shoe felt like, our goal should be to learn so much of what God tells us in the Bible that we can confidently know what path we should take and what is true and what is not. Psalm119:105 tells us, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”

God’s Word will be a lamp for our feet and a light on our path, no matter what shoes you are wearing.  Ask God to help you read and understand the Bible and then put into practice what you read.  We can impact our world if we become intentional in learning what the Bible says and then doing our best to follow it each day.


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