Boots are our attempt at expecting the worst, but hoping for the best.
I became a fan of boots during our stint in New England, but I think it was because I could find a pair that fit. From my father’s side of the family, I inherited some fabulous traits and one not-so-good one: My calves begin at my heels. No ankles and thick calves make for a very uncomfortable season when snow is on the ground and ice is likely beneath it, thus requiring a good pair of boots with some serious traction.
Frankly, under that beautiful white stuff, I really didn’t know what was beneath it. But I trusted a great pair of boots would keep me upright and steady. I recall one time in particular when I chose not to wear my boots to retrieve something from the car. The memory/photo in my mind resembles a cartoon character with her feet and dress up over her head as she moves in slow motion up and then down…well, you get the picture.
Trust is an open invitation for peace. Peace gives us the courage to face life with sanity and dignity.
Over the last couple of years, I have put on my boots of peace expecting the worse, but hoping for the best. As I watch my Mother-in-Law struggle through multiple knee and hip replacements, when will my parts begin wearing out? Will #1 Son marry someone who will be nice to me when she has to take me to the multiple doctor appointments and will she want to do lunch, too? Where will the Lord call #2 Son and Baby Girl to be in ministry after they finish their schooling? Will Mr. Yummy only know me as Mimi in a box through Skype? Will my man find contentment in his vocation no matter where it takes us? Will all those years of Dave-Ramsey-financial-planning sustain us as the economy takes it toll on so many? I only have a handful of kids pre-registered for an event…is the event a God-thing or a me-thing?
What are the questions that bring you to the Word of God that provides peace? The peace that fit like a good pair of boots giving you the courage and traction to face life with sanity and dignity?
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.