It’s the little things that get to you. Like the sand or the pebble that gets stuck in your shoe. That drives you over the edge. You try to keep walking, but it grates on your nerves to the point that you feel you have to stop and try to remove the problem.
You tap away at the shoe and shake the dust from your feet, in hopes that this has finally taken care of the frustration. The pebble seems to have been removed..
But walking a few more feet you have realized the problem is still there. That thorn in the flesh is still there. The mortgage is still behind, there’s still not enough money to cover that bill or food hasn’t magically appeared in the cupboard….
And no matter what you do, the sand is still there. You realize it can only be removed if you just wash the shoes. Put your trust in the detergent that will do the cleansing work.
What I’m saying is, when you have done all you can do, just keep standing, just keep walking, just keep running that race, in those same ‘ole shoes. The sand and pebbles don’t feel good rattling around in there. You don’t want to wear them anymore. You’d like to just take them off and sling them to the back of the closet. Or give them away. Get a new pair that don’t hurt so much.
It may annoy you to the point you want to scream your frustrations out to the world. Maybe even take it out ON your world.
You wonder where is God? Don’t He see that you need His help?
He is sitting on the sidelines, observing, patiently studying His child. Why won’t He step onto the scene? What will His child do? Will he/she keep a righteous attitude through this? Will they learn to trust and look to Him through this?
Will you—WE—keep a “right attitude” as we continue to walk in those annoying sandy, pebbly shoes?
He is working. I am reminded of a few lyrics from a song I think I have shared here before. 🎶 He never stops, He never stops working. Even when we can’t SEE it, He’s working. Even when we can’t FEEL it, He’s working. He never stops, He never stops working!
There are times when us parents can’t protect our children from every Life Lesson they will go through. It must be learned on their own, through their own experience, without our interference at times. They may face that bully at school, on their own, without us there. We won’t be there at school to step in. But they will learn to “fight the good fight.” They will learn to be strong and hold their own.
“…knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
Romans 5:3-5 KJV
The sand in your shoe has a purpose. Don’t quit. Keep walking. Keep fighting the good fight. Even when it hurts….