I walked into my favorite DSW Shoe store at the Northridge Mall, with a very specific agenda to get new shoes – black pumps for work. They had to have sturdy two or three-inch heels and be comfortable, as my job involves a bit of walking.
After about two hours of browsing up and down aisles of designer shoes and rummaging the clearance section, these days since I have taken to asking for help under my breath for everything about my life, I quietly asked, “Lord, please show me which shoes to pick.” I am still learning to ask FIRST instead of after I have exhausted my “superior” intellect and, so far this has been the greatest time management tool for me.
God is omniscient and we have unlimited access to the smartest being in the universe but we are so used to being in control, that we have to work at exercising our faith muscle.
One more thing, He is really interested in EVERY aspect of our lives – big issues, small issues, every minuscule detail, even work shoes! If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally – James 1:5.
So when confused or unsure about anything in your life, ask Him and have confidence, that He will answer. It sometimes isn’t what you were expecting, but it will be what you need.
So back to my shoe hunt, I turned the corner and stopped dead in my tracks. On the counter was this leather ‘Naturalizer’ pale tan pumps, two-inch wooden heels with the cutest pleat design. I had seen them earlier, but because I was so focused on black shoes, I had paid no attention to them.
As I slowly reached out to pick them up, I was thinking, “But Lord, I wanted black shoes.” Well, as you guessed, they were perfect! Cushy, very pretty and trendy. Until I bought mine, I really didn’t realize how versatile pale shoes were and while He winks, I chuckle when I get compliments on these shoes. Everyone is going pale, I think it’s a very classy, fresh look that is here to stay. Oprah’s magazine even had a feature on ‘No-Fail Pale Shoes and Accessories’ Maybe one of her ‘favorite’ things?
If you think God is boring and out of touch, you are dead wrong – You have hung out with the wrong crowd! Of course, He wants the best for us, we are His living epistles, manifesting His goodness and He gets the glory when we are successful and I will add, attractive!
He will not withhold any good thing from us – Psalm 84:11
I shook my head in awe, knowing that God, who was having a belly laugh on my account that afternoon, was also showing me that I am still the apple of His eyes, that His thoughts towards me are loving, precious, innumerable and uncountable as the sand. That He knows and understands my thoughts, my needs and is perfectly acquainted with all my ways. (Psalm 139)
This Sunday and the weeks ahead, don’t leave Him at the Church service or ignore the still small voice within. He’ll rather come to your aid than watch you struggle alone.
He says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go” – Psalm 33:8
His real ‘make-over’ is for eternity, because He loves to make us beautiful from within our hearts and souls and everything else, such as cute pale colored shoes are just the perks of knowing Him as Abba Father.
God is Love,