Does Your Faith Have Skates?
Here recently during many conversations, with myself or otherwise I’ve found myself remembering and repeating aloud what my former pastor said one Sunday morning as I sat in the choir stand listening. He was teaching about why we as Christians are all over the place allowing our thoughts and circumstances to carry us to and fro. My pastor basically told us we’d taken off our shoes of peace and traded them for skates. He said “ Stop trading your peace for skates. Every time you look you’re easily carried off, pushed off, or you skate off to another direction that’s void of peace”.
s I’ve been bought back to that sermon from five years ago I asked God “what are You trying to tell me what are you trying to show me”? I wasn’t expecting what came after that question nor the visual that accompanied the answer. I asked and He answered by giving me a visual of one of my favorite childhood cartoons, I mean God CAN and WILL use anything right? The Lord bought to mind the t.v show Inspector Gadget. I thought, really God and then I was led to episode after episode of the cyborg inspector calling on everything to get him out of danger by saying “go-go gadget ...” and whatever gadget he called on came out to aid him in getting out of danger. However, none of them were of actual help to him; especially someone who was accident-prone and a bit absent-minded. He always had the right idea but it never seemed to completely gel for flawless execution.
As I thought how foolish he looked in one episode skating through a wedding and ultimately crashing into the wall and almost completely destroying the event, God spoke. I was mid-thought saying “look at this fool” when God interrupted and said “this is how you look when you trade your shoes of peace and allow yourself to be carried off into every direction due to misperceptions, circumstances, and the failure to FULLY believe AND trust what I’ve said. As I sat with my mouth open knowing full well I do this I got another visual to look up the shoes of a Roman soldier who’d be dressed for battle. As I researched images as they related to the "Full Armor of God" scripture in Ephesians 6:15 I saw that the shoes had spikes on the sole to keep the soldier firmly planted as he navigated the tough terrain. The Amplified version of Ephesians 6:15 says “and having strapped on YOUR FEET THE GOSPEL OF PEACE IN PREPARATION [to face the enemy with firm-footed stability and the readiness produced by the good news].” It says we are to be prepared to STAND with peace to face the enemy. It doesn’t say get carried away with what if’s and why me’s; it clearly says we should be firmly footed but the only way to do that is to STAND STILL in peace.
When I read that I thought how many times did my faith wane because I based it on my circumstances or put my faith in the thing/object of my affection rather than in the living God who causes ALL things to work together for my good. God is not a circumstantial God. He NEVER changes and neither does His love for us. We are the ones who hop in and out of love with him, halfway trust him, barely believe him, and fake our faith in him like we are at some after school double-dutch meet. God beckons us to trust that He’ll heal us like He promised even when things seem to take a turn opposing that truth. He calls us to count on Him instead of counting what’s left in our account. He desires to expand our limited minds past our circumstances if we would put all of our weight on Him. Trust Him in faith assured with the peace that ALL things are working together for our good.
Dear Heavenly Father, a lot of times I run on autopilot and forget my sincere need for You until You let me reach the end of my rope. I no longer want to live this way. I no longer want my peace predicated on my circumstances being conducive or my relationships falsely filling me. I want the assurance that when I give you ALL my burdens you CAN and WILL take care of me. Once You have given me the directives and strategies I will rest in knowing You will make good that which you promised. Here Lord, here are my skates, they don't fit anymore... I will gladly trade them for Your