Shoes Off!

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In my first years of school, in the village, not everyone had shoes on. It was actually a luxury for the ‘rich’. I remember the times I had to hide my shoes so as to fit in and get friends to play with. People who wore shoes and socks were automatically categorized as ‘proud’ well, for me it was for comfort and also to avoid being hurt by stones and thorns while playing around school. The world is slowly changing, not everyone has that luxury but more are enjoying the comfort and safety of having their shoes on. I don’t think I can walk without shoes outside my house. It would be painful and strenuous.

Ever wondered about the relationship between God’s presence and shoes? When God called Moses from the burning bush, the first thing God told him was, “Take your sandals off” ‘And He said, Do not come near here. Pull off your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.’ (Exodus 3:2-5) Years later, God appears to Joshua as the Israelites besieged Jericho and asked him to take off his shoes as well. ‘The commander of the Lord’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.’ (Joshua 5:15)

Shoes in this context represent anything that depends on for comfort and security apart from God. Without the ‘shoes’ that we have in our lives, we are vulnerable to pain and other kinds of discomfort.

Many times we place our faith and hope in materialistic things, and they start having an edge above God in our lives. We start thinking that we cannot live without our ‘shoes’. We start worshiping our shoes. The more expensive, the more we esteem them and they become all we think about. The shoes can also make you feel superior to those around you, making you feel more special. It’s time to take them off.

It doesn’t mean that we go to church barefoot because we are in the presence of God; it means that we should take off anything that has taken God’s place in our lives. We should be vulnerable and allow ourselves to come naked before God. Making Him our comfort our safety and our cover.  Being vulnerable does not make you weak, it makes you stronger in God’s presence.


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