Sunday, April 18, 2010

A Rock in My Shoe

Galatians 5: 16
I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

      While on my morning walk, I noticed something uncomfortable in my right shoe. It wasn’t enough to alter my pace so I just ignored it and kept walking. When I got home I noticed it again, but didn’t stop to do anything about it because there were dishes to wash and a letter to write before the mailman came.

      Whatever it was, it began rolling around by my toes, until I wasn't able to ignore it any longer. I stopped what I was doing and took off my shoe…out rolled a tiny pebble. Tossing it into the trash can, I couldn’t help feeling silly for walking all morning with a rock in my shoe – knowing it was there!

      I was reminded of other things tolerated in my life, things that don’t belong there and sometimes cause pain or discomfort. Little sins like irritability or impatience that so quietly creep into my heart. They aren’t hidden, I can feel them there. They keep rolling around in my attitude until enough discomfort is created that I dump them out to God.

      How much wiser it would have been if I had stopped and removed the pebble this morning the moment it was first noticed. And how much less heart ache would be caused for each of us and the people along our paths if we stopped and emptied out our hearts of those wrong attitudes the moment the Holy Spirit brought them to our attention?

      Father, forgive me for tolerating things I should be removing from my life. Those little pebbles can be worse than big boulders because I tend to ignore them. To you they are all the same – sin! Thank you that at any time I can pour them out before you in prayer, and you lovingly forgive me. Thank you for the lesson you spoke into my life today through a rock in my shoe. Amen


  1. What a good illustration. I'm glad you chose to join us on Spiritual Sundays. Have a great week.

  2. what a great analogy...I love this..thank you. Sarah

  3. Wonderful post ~ great analogy for us. Thanks for sharing...God bless.

  4. Thanks for such a great post. We all have pebbles we carry around with us and tolerate, until it hurts so much scream! We need to just let go and let God.
    By the way, I love your springtime photo. Gorgeous!

  5. Great analogy Charlotte. The longer we allow the little things to remain, the bigger they become.

    Thanks for sharing.


  6. Hi Charlotte,
    You have a picturesque way of finding a lesson in the ordinary things of life. I'm with you: tolerating sin in our lives just makes things worse and worse!

    I enjoyed my first visit to your Spiritual Sunday.

  7. After a while those little things turn into big things. Great illustration, if we would just take care of the problem, just call on God when these things happen, I have a feeling our lives would be more peaceful. Blessings to you sister!

  8. I enjoyed reading your post! Thank you so much for sharing.

  9. AMEN! This is a wonderful analogy. It just makes since.Thank-you so much for sharing these wonderful thoughts with us today.
    God Bless,

  10. Well said Charlotte! I do the same thing, literally and figuratively. How pathetic I am sometimes, limping around with sin in my life instead of letting the Lord gently remove it (sort of a Cinderella moment when I imagine it).

    Have a blessed day!


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