I am bad about going shopping and leaving tags on my new items of clothes or keeping shoes in the box for a while before I wear them.
No big reason.
I think I enjoy the anticipation more than actually putting them on.
When my son buys new shoes, he puts them on to wear home while we are still in the store. He places the old ones in the box, and then immediately sees how fast he can run in the new shoes.
He takes ownership of them immediately.
I had to make my own choice to put on or own the shoes God entrusted to me in the year 2002. I was severely burned in a kitchen accident, and the year following the initial tragedy and hospital stay brought new challenges physically, emotionally, and spiritually. For optimum healing and less scarring, I wore compression garments from my toes to my chest all day everyday for a full year.
For many reasons, it was a trying, difficult time in my life. It was just plain hard to get out of bed in the mornings.
A sweet friend met me at a gym every day, and we would work out in a boot camp class to stay in shape.
When I woke up in the mornings, I would immediately put my running shoes on. This told my brain, “I will follow through with what I know is good for me today.” My feelings did not match up by any means, but this simple act of putting my shoes on got me out of bed and on the right track.
Whether we are entrusted with exciting seasons that make us want to run around as fast as we can and celebrate or we are entrusted with difficult times, we have to put on the shoes God purposed for our feet.
God releases His power, peace, and joy into our lives when we accept our lot or our shoes with the knowledge and belief that it is part of our inheritance.
Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.
God wants us to know that our lots fall in pleasant places.
We bring Him glory when we embrace the lives He entrusts to us.
We can spend our time trying on others’ shoes or refusing to put our shoes on and staying in bed, but we will miss the journey God intends for us.
I know every season in life may not always be fun or a time for celebration, but I also know I want to be an active participant in bringing God glory through His Kingdom plans.
I pray we learn how to put on who we are in Jesus Christ just like my son put on his new shoes. I pray we sense God’s presence in our every tear, every workout, and every detail of our lives. I pray we know down deep that it is worth putting on our shoes one more time and lacing them up one more time in anticipation for a journey God promises will bring Him glory.
To trust God we have to know He is trustworthy.
Once we know and believe that God is good and trustworthy, we can rest easy and live joyfully in the boundary lines entrusted to us by Him.