Ever lose something really important like um, your shoes? And did you ever feel God knew all about it all along and maybe even thought it was funny? Yes, I do believe God has a sense of humor.
Last week, before heading out to Kansas City for a Christian Writers Conference I made a list of everything I needed to take. The trip before this, I forgot my toothbrush but remembered my toothpaste. How does someone do that? The trip before that I brought my laptop and my cord, but somehow the plug didn’t come along for the ride.
This time I made list and I checked it more than twice. I’m much more dutiful than Santa Claus.
I wanted to look good, so I took nice clothes, you know better-than-jeans-and-t-shirts kinds of clothes. To wear these I needed my favorite shoes. They are comfortable, all black shoes that look dressy with slacks. They were definitely on my list.
I packed the night before. There was a lot to get to my van. My son helped me stow it away before he left.
All I had to do was get a few odds and ends and take off. At the last minute I changed out of my black shoes to my gray tennis shoes in order to be comfortable for the ride. I did remember to grab the black shoes.
I went to the passenger side to throw everything in, but my son had locked the door. Where are my keys? Oh yes, in my purse which I left inside where I changed shoes. I set my bags down on the ground and my shoes on top of the van and ran back in for my purse.
I rummaged through to find the keys, ran outside, unlocked the van, threw my things inside, hurried around to the driver’s side and breathed a sigh of relief. I might make it on time even though I was running later than I intended.
I looked at the clock. Panic began to set in. I had enough time to get there, but had no idea where I was going. I was relying on my phone’s GPS to know the way.
Out off my subdivision and on the main road to the interstate, I mentally went through a check list of items I wanted to be sure I had—toothbrush, toothpaste, laptop, cord and wall plug, books, ipad, clothes, shoes. Yes, I knew I had packed all of those.
For one quick moment a picture flitted across my mind, but I dismissed it.
Finally I arrived at the conference. I decided to stay in my travel clothes. It wouldn’t matter for the first session.
The next morning I rose and showered. Which should I wear—black and pink or gray and teal? I decided on the gray. I looked everywhere and couldn’t find my black shoes.
They’re probably in the car. I’ll find them when I get downstairs. They weren’t there. I sighed. I must have left them at home when I changed shoes.
I went through the rest of the weekend hiding my tennis-shoe clad feet.
I got home late to find my black shoes had not stayed put. I was sad. I had a speaking engagement Tuesday morning. I’d have to buy another pair.
The next morning, I headed out for an appointment. I was talking on the phone and driving when I spotted my wandering black shoes on the side of the road.
“It’s my shoes!” I screeched in the phone.
“What?” My friend sounded worried.
“My shoes are coming home.” I laughed.
That fleeting impression I got as I was leaving my subdivision was God speaking to me. I had seen the shoes on top of my car. I had dismissed it because I was late.
He did take care of me, though. He kept them safe for me. They were unharmed on the side of the road.
I was reminded of my wayward shoes when I used John 10:27 in my talk the next morning. “My sheep hear My voice. I know them and they follow Me.” I know His voice. I knew the picture I had seen was Him speaking to me, but I had reasoned it away. I had not followed Him.
The biggest reason I share this story and verse with you, though, is for the statement in the middle. It says, “I know them.” He really does know me, sometimes too well. I can just see Him right now having a big belly laugh about my shoes walking home without me.
Thanks, Big Guy. Love You, too.
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