Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop

What is it about us women and our shoes?

We do so love them. I confess that on a blue day, I will cheer myself by looking {mostly just looking} at pictures of shoes on line. No matter what size the body is, shoes fit. A little dash of color on the feet wakens a tired outfit. A little lift at the heel can well, give a lift to other, uh-hum, necessary places. If food is the way to a man’s heart, the gateway to a woman’s is Nordstrom’s shoe department.

Over lunch with a friend yesterday, she made a statement universally shared by women everywhere, “I’m always waiting for the other shoe to drop.” My heart knew just what she meant. My heart has traced the stitching of this fear so many times.

I’ve also heard it fall with a thud so many times. In the doctor’s words regarding infertility. In the phone call from the fire department with news of our house fire.  In the discovery of a trusted and respected friend’s betrayal. In my mother’s cancer.  Oh how my list could go on and on.

Part of life here on earth is the reality that shoes drop. When they do, the heart blisters and limps.

Possibly our fear of the dropping shoe is a healthy fear of God’s power. For those of us who have walked with God for any small amount of time, we have long since ditched the romantic notions that only pleasure and fun times are around the bend. Oh, we may want to be a narcissist, yet we are far too accustomed with the reality of suffering.

How do we keep this fear from making fatalists of ourselves? How can we immerse ourselves in the gifts of each new day without fear becoming a gray cloud shadowing us with promises of impending rain?

These questions stomped around in my heart as I drove home from lunch. Sitting at the stop light, I recalled the words of wisdom, “So I reflected on all this and concluded that the righteous and the wise and what they do are in God’s hands, but no one knows whether love or hate awaits them”
 Ecclesiastes 9:1-3.

When a shoe drops, as they are apt to do, it does not drop from an angry, causeless place. It drops from the very hands of a loving God. The God whose hands have formed man, not like some toddler clumsily pounding clay, but from a God who we are told knit us together. Knits. Our big, strong, mighty God knits. Think of that picture for a minute. The intention of each stitch. The softness of the hands cradling the needles. The creation guarded safely in the comfort of His lap.

So friend, do not fear the dropping shoe. Worship the One from whose hand it drops. Recall His faithfulness. Remember His goodness. Rest in the promise of His kindness.  “Behold then the kindness and severity of God; to those who fell, severity, but to you, God’s kindness, if you continue in His kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off” Romans 11:22. Yes, continue in His kindness.

What does it look like to practice the habit of continuing in His Kindness? The Apostle Paul  tells us it is in remembering God’s mercy (Romans 11:30-32). Tucked inside every dropping shoe is message of God’s mercy. It is for us to decide if we will listen to the thud of the drop or to the truth tucked inside. I am choosing to look for and give thanks for the truth of God’s love and mercy that has fallen from His hands. That He would be merciful to me is a more beautiful truth than any dropping shoe could convince me otherwise.

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, OR WHO BECAME HIS COUNSELOR? Or WHO HAS FIRST GIVEN TO HIM THAT IT MIGHT BE PAID BACK TO HIM AGAIN? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen. ~Romans 11:33-36.

Linking today with Word Filled Wednesday and Walk With Him Wednesdays.

9 thoughts on “Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop

  1. Visiting from WFW. I have those times of fearing that another shoe would drop soon. Keeping in mind that it drops from the loving hands of God gives a totally different perspective.

    • Wanda, I’m glad that this perspective has encouraged you. I’m so glad you popped in from WFW. It’s great to have you here! Blessings.

  2. Written just for me. God’s love is so often shown to me through your actions, words and Godly perspective. I thank the Lord for your presence and friendship in my life! God bless you today.

  3. The ‘traditional view’ of a shoe dropping is built on guilt, fear and shame. Thanks for the reminder that a loving God won’t drop the shoe harshly and painfully.
    Thanks again Brenda. Always enjoy stopping by!

    • Mike, you’re so right about the traditional view…more like an angry God throwing shoes at us. Sad that we miss His love in that approach. I always enjoy your stopping by and am thankful for your interaction.

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