One Sunday, during Sunday school, our lesson asked a question about our trust in products, “Has your trust in a product or brand been affirmed or eroded?” I thought about this and how it applies to so many things. My body getting older is one of those things. I guess my trust in my body is being eroded. I’ve walked with a slight limp for almost a year now still hoping to get over this foot injury, this “thorn in my flesh” as Paul called his in 2 Corinthians 12:7. All the responses in our Sunday school class that morning were nothing short of outstanding. My favorite part of the discussion was about shoes, especially “if the shoe fits, wear it.” If you have found shoes or a brand of shoes that work well for you, and you have trust in them, then those are the ones you should buy and wear.


Of course, this proverb, “When the shoe fits, wear it,” does mean something else when used in its correct version. Beginning in the late 18th century, it meant that when something is applied to you truthfully, you are to own up to it, like a description or a comment. In our discussion this meaning applied also because we were talking about how well we trust God and his Word and how well we demonstrate it honestly to others. We will most certainly tell everyone when we find a brand of shoes we like, but do we tell others about God? One friend elaborated on this proverb in her style, saying, “If the shoe fits, and is comfortable, buy it in every color.” I like her style!

We’ve just finished the season of our all-weather winter footwear and are changing those for our summer sandals or maybe you prefer a shoeless schedule like me. When I started to write this article, I looked for a picture but decided to hold a little contest on Facebook and the pictures I received of those “knee-high to a grasshopper” little ones in their parents’ shoes were so cute it made choosing one really hard.

Each picture was a story itself and a precious story at that! When we think of all those little feet and how they got into those big shoes, it makes us smile. It makes us wonder what they were thinking when they stepped into those shoes. What little girl doesn’t want to dress up like Mommy and what boy like Daddy. I really thank everyone who participated!


All the pictures captured my heart but the one I chose was a little boy standing in what looks like his daddy’s old work shoes. He didn’t have to walk a mile in his daddy’s shoes to know Daddy is someone he wants to follow in his footsteps. He already wants to step right in. And when this little guy changes from his baby shoes to his big boy shoes, he’ll probably have the same character his daddy demonstrates. There’s a lot to be said about the shoes we wear.


It’s funny how much of our lives are described simply by our feet and what we put on them. A favorite song of mine states, “These boots are made for walking, and that’s just what they’ll do.” Remember this song by Nancy Sinatra? We use it as a saying for inspiration or encouragement to stand firm or as a lesson to someone as the next line says, “One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you.”


We have so many descriptions about our lives that we are walking through from idioms, adages, sayings and proverbs. We learn that we must stand on our own two feet and that’s after we land on our own feet to recover from having two left feet. We get up and put one foot in front of the other, starting with our best foot forward and we work to get one foot in the door. We keep our feet on the ground and remain steadfast. We don’t drag our feet. We dig in our heels and put our foot down knowing our own weakness can be our “Achilles’ heel.” And towards others, “We don’t judge someone until we walk a mile in their shoes.”


Then, when we have everything complete that we set out to do, from head to toe, we kick off our shoes and put our feet up to relax. That’s where I’m at right now with this older body of mine and my “thorn in my side” and I’m loving every minute. After all, it’s almost summertime y’all!

Changing of the Shoes
by Carole Gilbert

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