Here in the Baton Rouge area, there is a water park named Blue Bayou, which offers season passes to ease the annual Christmas present buying conundrum for grandparents and the “This house is so boring” conundrum for parents of willfully malliterate children during the summer. Last summer, as I was accompanying my kids, we met up with my son’s friend and he joined us for the day. There was only one problem: he left his shoes at the first ride. As we moved farther and farther from that first ride and as the sun rose higher and higher in the sky, the pavement got hotter and hotter. I must say, he was quite skilled at running full speed from grass to grass, small puddle to small puddle, in his attempts to keep his feet from reaching a good, Cajun blackened status.
My life, at times, feels like this exercise in self-preservation. Running barefoot on hot pavement looking for tiny pockets of peace or relief in the most unlikely places. I think our friend actually hopped up on a trash can at one point just to let his feet cool for a minute. To what ridiculous means we sometimes turn in seeking relief, peace or happiness! For those who have trusted in Jesus Christ, he should be our rest, our Sabbath. The issues of this world should pale in light of our hope in Him. So, here are some passages that might remind us all that in Christ, we have shoes.
Matthew 11:28-30 – “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
John 14:27 – “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
John 16:33 – “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Romans 15:13 – “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Philippians 4:6-7 – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
P.S. “Malliterate” is a word I made up. My children would immediately recognize it as such if they read more.