My boys are hard on shoes, friends.
The other day, I looked down at Jeffrey’s feet, and this is what I saw.
The boy needed new shoes.
Not only were the things on his feet old and ratty looking, but his big toe was poking out on his right foot.
When I suggested we go get some new shoes after church, he got all bent out of shape.
But my old shoes are comfortable, mommy—says he.
How can these ratty ‘ol things be comfortable?—I wondered.
We set out to find some new shoes.
Kohl’s was having a sale (aren’t they always?) and we found this pair of cute running shoes that he was willing to try. They were a full size bigger than the old ones—the poor guy was literally bursting out of those old shoes.
These shoes seemed to satisfy my youngest son.
Until it came time to go to school this morning. Then, of course, he wanted to wear the old ones.
But these shoes are comfortable, mommy—says he.
As I helped wrestle him into his shiny new shoes, I told him about breaking them in, and getting used to how they feel.
I once again wondered how those old shoes could be comfortable.
Weren’t his toes cramped? Didn’t his feet get wet through the holes?
Didn’t he know that these would be much much better?
In the midst of my ponderings, I think I heard God clear His holy throat.
How often have I refused to wear my new shoes?
How many old behaviors do I cling to long after I’ve outgrown them?
Whether it’s changing the way that I speak, the way that I eat, the way that I spend my time…
Sometimes it’s just more comfortable to wear those old shoes.
God patiently wrestles me into the new ones, telling me about breaking them in and getting used to them.
He whispers in my ear, “Don’t you know this new way is so much better?”
I’m listening, Lord.
I don’t want to be cramped and exposed to harsh elements because I refuse to step out of my comfort zone, friends.
I’m trying on some new shoes. I’m breaking them in.
They’re starting to feel pretty good.
And there seems to be a new bounce in my step…I’m walking in the Light.
“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”—1 John 1:5-7