Today, I was getting ready to take my teenager to school, so I put my shoes on….the wrong feet. It was dark in the room and I couldn’t see what I was doing. If you’ve ever done this before, you will know it almost immediately. It’s just uncomfortable. It feels wrong. You are usually in a hurry to take them off your feet. Of course, I did take them off and put them on again the right way. 🙂
Imagine yourself, like me, in shoes that don’t fit, just to humor me. 🙂 Imagine we chose to stay this way for awhile. We may sigh in these shoes that don’t feel good and look at other people walking, running, and dancing in shoes that fit. We may wish we had shoes like them. We may wonder why our shoes are the ones that don’t fit. We may use our shoe situation as an excuse to not participate in life as we should. We even blame our shoes! After all, it’s hard to walk in shoes that are on the wrong feet.
This is, admittedly, a silly example of something we all have a tendency to do. Sometimes in life, things happen, and we find ourselves in a situation that doesn’t make us comfortable. It feels wrong. We wonder why us? We wonder how we got here in the first place? Oftentimes, we whine, complain and blame other people for our situation. After awhile, if the situation has been going on for awhile, we notice the other people who aren’t in a situation like ours and we may even get irritated with them. We may be jealous of the things they have, the experiences and opportunities in their life, their relationships, their job, their house, and on and on… Of course, none of this helps our own situation. At this point, we may feel like giving up.
The good news is that, just like when we accidentally put our shoes on the wrong feet, we have the ability to change things so that our situations improve. Sometimes, all we have to do is change our shoes around. Sometimes, we need to use some common sense and realize we are the ones who have made our own choices. We can also make new choices and change our situation. The story hasn’t been written until our life is over. At any point, we can change the genre of our life.
Many times, we can avoid these self-made situations in life, by taking preventative measures beforehand. Today, for example, it would have helped a great deal, if I had simply turned on the light. The most important piece of Good News is that none of us have to live our lives in the dark, blindly making assumptions on the wisdom of our choices. We can go, at any time, to the One who loves us more than anyone else will ever be capable of loving us.
Psalm 119:105 says: Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light on my path.