Sand in my shoes

Sand in my shoesIsaiah 40:28-31 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

I’m reminded of Peter Jenkins’ wonderful account of his journey by foot across the United States. Peter talked about how the big things like being stabbed, snake bites, robbery and being hit by a car as not being a reason to quit. However, the one recurring thing that almost made him quit was the build up of sand in his shoes.

Sand in his shoes caused immense discomfort due to the slow grinding against the soles of his feet. Over time the wear and tear of the sand began to take a toll on his will to complete the journey. Isn’t that how the worries of life affect us spiritually? Often times it isn’t the big things that wear us down spiritually, but the little things that accumulate over days, months even years that threaten to take us out.

The little things like an unforgiving spirit, not being strong in God’s Grace, sin, the pull of the world and hurt feelings can slowly eat away at our spiritual health. The Apostle Paul tells us in Galatians 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” This is a wonderful passage of scripture because Paul acknowledges  key words that are part of our Christian walk like proper time, reap a harvest, doing good, do not give up and do not become weary.

The little things that cause us long-term pain must be taken seriously or they will continue to slip under the radar of our spiritual well-being. We must first be honest with were we are spiritually then be honest with God and others. I believe we are to be honest with self first because this acknowledges that we have a problem and God is the solution.

What issues in your life have left sand in your shoes? Is it an unforgiving spirit, not being strong in God’s Grace, sin, the pull of the world or hurt feelings. Whatever sand is in your shoes today, I want to encourage you by pointing your heart to Hebrews 12:2 which says, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Jesus is the only one who can repair a weary spirit due to all that burdens us. Jesus is the way the truth and the life (John 14:16). Commit your shoes to him, for He will remove the sand that causes the pain and replace it with the new soles of life.

My prayer,

Father, we honor and worship you today for you are worthy. Thank you for always being our Father, mother and way maker. Father, we ask that you help us to acknowledge the sand in our shoes. Help us to acknowledge what burdens us. What keeps us up at night. What weakens the grace in which we believe and walk in. Father, create in us a new heart and spirit that will be fresh with zeal for you and a love for the race set before us. Give us new shoes to walk in that will last for the walk you have predestined for us. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

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17 thoughts on “Sand in my shoes

  1. What issues in your life have left sand in your shoes? This is a loaded answer for sure! I think I leave sand in my own shoes. Worse then that, I stop and put sand IN my shoes. Why? I do not know! Maybe because I think that sand wasn’t so bad! But it was, I think I get so used to sand in my shoes I walking around with two sandboxes and I don’t even know it. Don’t you just want to holler at someone like me that tracks sand all over the place and say ” Hey dummy your shoes are full of sand why don’t you empty them out so you can walk normal.” To which I would look at you and say WHAT sand! UGH! Hopefully you are smiling now! Ok so I did empty my shoes BTW. But I’m thinking about sand again! I can’t help it I think I’m used to grit and fighting….but then I think about pearls and how they are formed. A piece of sand gets into the shell and overtime this opulent pearl forms. Maybe that’s me! Ok now you can tell me to empty my shoes. I’m ready! I just had to share all of that! Poor Jesus I’m sure he’s saying to God, OMG what is she doing that ninny? I’m going around the mountain one more time looking for my other shoe! Have you seen it?

    I loved this post as I do all of them. I hope you don’t mind me poking fun at myself but sometimes I get on my own nerves! Have a super awesome Monday! 😀

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    • Michelle, God has a path for not only you to walk, but for each of us. That path is filled with sand, rocks and the stuff that comes with life.

      I love how Jesus said the road to Heaven is narrow. Jesus is letting us know that our earthly journey involves hardships, but we must take heart for Christ has overcome the world. So, sand and all God will give us the grace to walk the path laid out for us.

      Keep sharing your heart Michelle for you are inspiring souls and you will see others open up because of your humility. This l believe.

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      • OH yes there’s that grace again! Picking us up and helping us along!

        My girl asked me if I told God she was mad at him. I told her I did and she asked well what did he say? I said well I didn’t hear a thing but this came to my mind, God is a big God and he’s not falling off this throne today because you are mad at him in fact he invites you to sit awhile with him. To which she said MOM stop! Thank you for your prayers. I do mean it though I’ve never met a person or situation that was too big for God.

        I share because I can’t stop myself from sharing it just spills out. I’m glad you are here on WP! I’m extremely humbled and that’s not a false humility either. I remember when I first learned about that verse, “Humble yourself under God’s mighty right hand and in due time he will exalt thee. ” Anytime I get to thinking I got it all going on, I get my head down so it doesn’t get chopped off when the pruning comes!

        Have a super day!

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