Tough Shoes, Tough Trip

So, I am not directing this to any other individual than myself. I like to reaffirm and refocus myself. If you are reading this, then please enjoy and come along for the ride and I hope you get something out of it.

Over on Facebook, I posted the Psalm about going through the Valley of Baca (weeping) mentioned in Psalms. I love that Psalm, because if you read and reflect, we don’t stay in that valley, we leave it and turn it into a springs. In other words, we as Christians move into valleys, could be ours or someone else’s valley, and have the opportunity to leave it as a place of growth, health or peace.

To make this trip in and out of our valleys, God has given us the following. Going to do a little verse reversal.

Deuteronomy 33:25 (NASB)

“Your locks will be iron and bronze, And according to your days, so will your leisurely walk be.”

Deuteronomy 33:25 (KJV)

“Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; and as thy days, so shall thy strength be.”

God has promised that we shall have the energy and strength to make it through our days. So, take heart in that. If you wake up feeling good . . . look out, because you will need that energy to make through. If you wake up feeling bad, then take heart, you won’t have to deal with much.

The part I jumped over though, is also important. Our shoes will be iron and brass. These are tough metals, which means our journey is going to be challenging. I just returned from a trip, and a couple of the ladies that went along wore heals. Normally, this is not a problem, unless you have to walk a great distance to your destination in freezing cold weather. I found It was a pretty good illustration, that in life, we are going to be doing a lot of walking, or dealing with tough terrain in our lives down here. Therefore, we are promised by God to be equipped for the journey. God didn’t give us shoes that won’t make the journey, you get one pair and they will last, and are tailored for your life. And as God is not a man that he should lie, and if He has said it, will He not make sure it comes to pass. Thank God for this and that we are taken care of.

Wow! Now if that doesn’t make you think, then you’ve not looked at this in much depth. To some that’s not that great…lots of energy means challenge, and I need tough shoes because it is going to get rough … LOL! If that doesn’t make you feel blessed I don’t know what will. Makes you want to say, “Gee thanks God.” (Sarcastically)

OK, Here’s the pep talk.

Yes we had a long trek in cold rough conditions, but at least we were traveling together … praise God we get to go through these travails, trials and tribulations with people, great people at that. I can’t think of any many other people I would go through this life with then the people I went on my journey with this weekend. I would storm the gates of Hell with them or for them. WE HAVE TO STICK TOGETHER.

If we would only open our eyes and realize that we are not alone. We have brothers and sisters, maybe not direct relation, but in Christ that we move through life with. We are supposed to lean on them for support and help, so let’s start doing that. And if we find ourselves truly alone, we aren’t. Just look at this Psalm, another favorite.

Psalm 139:1-10 (NASB)

1O LORD, You have searched me and known me. 2You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. 3You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways. 4Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O LORD, You know it all. 5You have enclosed me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. 6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is too high, I cannot attain to it. 7Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 8If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. 9 If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, 10 Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me.

I’ll take these promises to the bank. I’m just glad God doesn’t dump us when we fail, and reminds us repeatedly of his ways and blessings. Thank God for his grace and mercy and thank Him for the people in your life.

Grace and Peace to you all,

S

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