Strong Faith and An Ugly Pair of Shoes

by Lee Buford on January 27, 2011

I received an email from a friend updating me on the progress of a little girl with cancer, for whom I and many others have been praying. The girl’s mother included the following poem in her email, noting that someone in a similar situation had sent it to her for encouragement. You may have read it before…it’s called “An Ugly Pair of Shoes.”

An Ugly Pair of Shoes

I am wearing a pair of shoes.
They are ugly shoes.
Uncomfortable Shoes.
I hate my shoes.
Each day I wear them, and each day I wish I had another pair.
Some days my shoes hurt so bad that I do not think I can take another step.
Yet, I continue to wear them.
I get funny looks wearing these shoes.
They are looks of sympathy.
I can tell in others eyes that they are glad they are my shoes and not theirs.
They never talk about my shoes.
To learn how awful my shoes are might make them uncomfortable.
To truly understand these shoes you must walk in them.
But, once you put them on, you can never take them off.
I now realize that I am not the only one who wears these shoes.
There are many pairs in the world.
Some women are like me and ache daily as they try and walk in them.
Some have learned how to walk in them so they don’t hurt quite as much.
Some have worn the shoes so long that days will go by
before they think of how much they hurt.
No woman deserves to wear these shoes.
Yet, because of the shoes I am a stronger women.
These shoes have given me the strength to face anything.
They have made me who I am.
I will forever walk in the shoes of a woman who has a child with cancer (other versions say a woman who has lost a child).

Author Unknown

In closing the mother noted that her daily devotional verse for the day happened (not coincidentally) to be Proverbs 16:9:

The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.

God is sovereign and in control, even in our darkest moments and through our deepest valleys. He indeed establishes our steps. Are you trusting Him and holding firmly to His promises?

Perhaps you know someone who needs to hear this today…if so, share it. Remind them that God is in control and not caught off-guard by any of our circumstances. Take the opportunity to love, comfort, and point that person to the only source of hope, peace, and comfort.

Point them to God.

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