I love the look of high-heeled shoes. I just don’t like the way my feet feel after wearing them for any amount of time. If it were up to me, I’d wear flip flops all year long. But even wearing them for a while can become irritating. What’s a girl to do?
Comfort is something we all need and desire at various points in our lives. When you’ve had a rough day, you might crave comfort food. My go-to is breakfast food for comfort food. Nothing screams comfort to me like a big ol’ buttery biscuit, fried apples, grits, and bacon. Other times comfort can come from snuggling under my favorite blanket with my fuzzy socks and watching reruns of Law and Order. Depending on the season, comfort can come from sitting on my back porch with a cup of coffee listening to the birds’ chirping as I am now writing this post. I am sure you have your own routines when you yearn for comfort from whatever ails you.
However, what happens when even your tried-and-true comfort fixes no longer work? Do you go searching for a new fix to fill the void? What in the world has happened to now make us so uncomfortable?
Think back to those high-heeled killer shoes that you love so much. Is there possibly an alternative? I mean you could put on some clunky sensible shoes, I guess. But I imagine that we don’t want to settle for those either. C’mon now…I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s not totally ready to give up! We’re talking about shoes, but really this conversation transcends just our physical comfort. We can also experience discomfort in our souls when things just aren’t right. You know the feeling when something is just “off.” It doesn’t mean anything is wrong; it’s just not quite right.
I would suggest that it’s time for a change. We’ve been trying to walk in the wrong shoes! I ran across a saying somewhere that ‘you have to get so comfortable walking in Jesus’ footsteps that yours no longer fit.’ Could it be that all that stuff we’ve been trying to fit into wasn’t for us after all? Maybe we need to quit trying to fit in somewhere we don’t belong. Or maybe we need to quit trying to make other things or other people fit in our lives that don’t belong.
My husband and I returned from a trip earlier this week, and the first thing he said when lying down that night was “it feels so good to lay in our bed, it fits me.” Aren’t you glad that we have the same fit with Christ? He knows the areas where we’re hard, where we’re soft, and where we need more support. When I slip into Christ, it just fits. I encourage you today to find that sweet spot where you fall into alignment with Christ, and your steps become one. I promise you, the walk will feel amazing!
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 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.
I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.