The Lord God is my strength, and He has made my feet like hinds’ feet, and makes me walk on my high places.” Habakkuk 3:19
Ok…it just hurt. I grew up down South and there and especially then things were just a bit different. Back in those days before Nintendo and Game Boys, we played…I mean we just played. Even though we had television, and yes, it was black and white, it was rarely on…especially during the day. When school was over for the day, we would go outside and run the neighborhood and…the woods.
We lived in a small country neighborhood that was surrounded by brushy woods. We played army, built forts, and played every game you could imagine. We had a large Chinaberry tree in our backyard, and we would load our pockets with the small berries and then chase one another trying our best to “ping” someone with the berries. As you can imagine we ran…a lot. And the best running shoes then were no shoes at all. We ran and played barefoot most of the time. There were times of regret, like when we would stub our toe on a big old pine root, but most of the time we did just fine. Of course, all that “barefoot-ness” toughened our feet up till the soles were leather tough.
Well, things change, and we all grew up and started wearing shoes. With the shoes, we lost our toughness but not our love to occasionally go barefoot. There’s still just something about the feel of grass and soft sand on the bottom of your foot. Yup…what good memories…that is until I stepped on a stupid rock. It all started when I went outside early in the morning, as in the sun was still yawning, to have a cup of coffee with Judy. Of course, I wasn’t wearing shoes. We have a paved driveway and patio so no deal…right? Not so fast.
I walked out to the patio, visited awhile, and then decided it was time to head back into the house to get ready for the day. Our patio is a foot or so higher than our driveway and we have a small step there to make things easier. So, I stepped down onto the step and then on down to the driveway. Not thinking, nor thinking to look, right where I stepped was a nice, small rock. Now this wasn’t the smooth stone kind of rock but the kind that you find in an unpaved alley. Anyway, I stepped, and stepped hard and landed right on that stinking rock. Ouch.
As things would happen, it was in the middle of my heel, and it just hurt. I muttered something about stupid rocks, picked the rock up and chucked it back in the alley where it belonged. It really was a “no harm, no foul” deal. I mean, it wasn’t like it hurt all day and it wasn’t like I had to go to the doctor, but for those few moments…it just hurt and for those few moments…I was mad at the rock. Mad.At.The.Rock.
Wait…later I decided there was something wrong with that. I am sure that rock didn’t wake up that morning (do rocks wakeup?) and decide to be in the exact wrong spot. In fact, I am sure the rock had nothing to do with it at all. I am sure that I am the one who chose not to wear shoes that morning, who didn’t look to see if there was a rock in the way, and who wasted my emotional energy by getting mad at a rock. It sounds like this one is on me.
The bottom line is when you do life, you will occasionally step on a rock and it may cause some pain. But like the Disney song says, maybe we should just, “let it go.” The Bible gives us some even greater counsel. It says that we are to remember that God is our strength, and we should ask Him to guide our feet as sure as a mountain deer. In other words…to help us watch where we step…whether it is off our patio or into a questionable decision.
Well, I know, and you know it wasn’t the rock’s fault that day and really, in the scope of things, it wasn’t mine either. It was just one of those things. Oh, and this morning, I went out barefoot again but before I stepped off the patio, I looked and that means, I may have learned and that is always valuable. So be sure and look before you step and remember, even if things don’t go exactly like you plan today…He’s still got this. Bro. Dewayne
Oh wait…I thought that was the end of the story, but it wasn’t. So, the same day I wrote this, at lunch I went home to eat and kicked my shoes off. As I was walking across the kitchen floor, I stepped on a…get ready…rock. Yup, right there in the kitchen. I guess you just never know.