Finding the Right Shoe
Here lately, there has been a lot of change in my life (those of you who read my stuff know what I’m talking about), and I’ve come to a simple realization.
You can’t make the wrong shoe fit.
It doesn’t matter how much you like it, how much you want it, or how much you’re willing to sacrifice for it – if it doesn’t fit, it’s not the right one.
But sometimes you ignore the obvious – the warnings that the shoe in your hands will never fit your foot – and you try to cram it on anyway; you twist and grunt and use shoe-horns and stomp your feet and curse and yell until you finally manage to get it on.
But it still doesn’t fit.
And the next thing you know, your poor foot is a battered, bruised, bloody, blistered mess, all because you tried to force yourself to wear the wrong shoe. And then you’re left with the voice in the back of your head, taunting you with that one little, infuriating question- was it really worth it? What did you gain from wearing such a shoe? Was wearing the wrong shoe really worth all the pain and suffering, all the hurt and the scars?
Some would say yes. For the sake of appearance, they would sacrifice themselves all to keep up the facade, the illusion that it fits and that everything is okay.
But it’s not okay.
It still doesn’t fit.
And lately, I’ve discovered that some shoes I have wanted in the past didn’t really fit, I just tried to make them work out. But, in the end, the only good that came from that was a blistered foot.
So, what’s the point of this slightly-vague, metaphorical post?
Recognize the warnings. God places those convictions on us for a reason. Don’t try to force something to work – be it a shoe, a friendship, a situation, or a relationship – it’s just not going to work. I believe in a providential God, and I believe that all things happen for a reason. I believe He brings certain things into our lives to make us better people, to strengthen us in Him, but we have to trust in Him. That is the key. We have to trust that He knows best, even when we think things are bad. Even when we discover that our feet have grown too big for our favorite shoes. Because He’ll lead us to find the right pair. We just have to keep leaning on Him.
“The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.”
~ Psalm 34:22