“What is this?” I asked my daughter. “It has your name on it.”
I was struggling to get a gigantic package through the front door.
“I don’t remember.”
This is a common occurrence at our house where she will order items she needs for her business and then forget what is coming.
I shoved it through the entryway into the middle of the living room. She opened the top and peered inside.
“Oh no! I didn’t know it was going to be this big!”
“What is it?”
“It’s a shoe.”
She kept staring into the box with a wary look.
“This is one shoe? For what?”
“I wanted a small Cinderella slipper that I could put under my Christmas tree. I didn’t know it was going to be this big!”
Her work involves scale, so it was quite a shock for her to see she had underestimated the size.
She took it out of the box and assembled it. My idea of a dainty princess flew out the window. When she plugged it in, it was so bright we turned off all the lights to conserve energy.
“I guess that is going to go outside.”
“It’s for the kids who drive by.”
Her goal was to set up a massive display so our house would stand out like Las Vegas in the darkness of winter.
That huge high heel began the process of more deliveries, zip ties, frozen fingers, and pounding stakes into the ground.
A gigantic engagement ring and a carriage took their places from the fairy tale of the girl who was down and out who suddenly found herself the center of attention in the eyes of the prince.
As the story goes, he was not satisfied until he found the rightful owner of the stray shoe. Many tried to force it on, but only she was the perfect fit.
And while he is on the hunt, she goes back to her everyday life, of mundane tasks and being verbally abused by a stepmother and half-sisters. And where is her dad? I always wondered that.
She accepted her lot in life, didn’t get bitter after seeing the wealthier side for one night and the people who had it a lot easier than she did.
She was grateful for the small opportunity that she didn’t know would lead to a life-changing event.
There are over 500 versions of this tale, and many of them date back before Disney brought out their rendition. In one of them, the mean stepsisters get their eyes pecked out by birds while serving as bridesmaids at the royal wedding. That gruesome part, understandably, didn’t make the cut for children.
It can’t be overlooked that their lack of vision and hatred toward their sibling brought on trouble of their own making. When there’s a plan in progress, a path will be cleared past those who stand in the way and bring torment.
I came across a made-for-TV movie that changed the footwear to a magic stocking. A young woman attends a masquerade ball at a mansion and ends up finding the favor of the millionaire because he picks the stocking she brought.
I could only take so much between the overacting and the cheeseball lines, but the message was the same: a rescue mission.
That is the role of God in every person’s life. In Psalm 18:30, it is explained how we are taken care of,
As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him. (NLT)
When you hear God speak or guide you in a specific direction, it brings peace in the middle of chaos. That is the beginning of the end for aimlessly going through the motions, embattled by anxiety and feeling trapped. It starts with becoming more aware that there is a Creator of all who wants a connection with you.
Cinderella didn’t bat an eyelash when she was told to put the rags aside and get out of the house. She allowed it to happen without knowing how it would. Putting one foot in front of the other, the plan began to unfold, and she walked into it.
Sometimes you have to mentally barricade yourself from those who don’t support where you are headed. You just keep on letting God lead. Despite the negativity swirling around her, everything came together perfectly.
We are given these instructions about how to combat interruptions,
Keep your eyes straight ahead;
ignore all sideshow distractions.
Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you. (Proverbs 4:27, Message)
Often, we forget those moments when what we have been praying for manifests. We don’t enjoy the “happily ever after” part but rush on to the next problem.
It’s good to go back and write down all the times that blessings have come, so you don’t forget and to show gratitude.
I remember what the Lord did;
I remember the miracles you did long ago. (Psalm 77:11)
Through signs and wonders, heaven will make sure you know the truth even when all hope looks gone.
In verse 8 of 1 Corinthians 13, it is stated that love never fails, and this presented itself right before my eyes.
One evening last year, just before Christmas, my daughter said,
“Look at what the camera recorded from the front yard.”
I pulled it up on my phone after she told me a date and time. On the sidewalk directly in front of my house, a couple had stopped to look at her handiwork. She added dogs, a ballerina, trees, music, and the Eiffel Tower, which created a unique glow.
Apparently, this inspired an overwhelming, romantic Hallmark moment, and it turned into a kiss cam like at a sporting event. Seconds turned to minutes as the security footage rolled on.
I believe that your outlook on life creates your circumstances, and positive attracts more of the same.
When I watched this secret encounter happen, I knew that it had been drawn in as if by a powerful magnet. It sent a loud and clear message to me. In the middle of a pandemic where hatred had presented itself in so many ugly ways, the love of God had shown up and manifested a surprise public display of affection.
We live in a self-centered world, where it often seems that kindness is in short supply. What will you be remembered for? If your memorial service was held today, what would people say?
That you are a miser with a bad temper? Or a giver who would come to the aid of anyone at any time? A person who always has the right words exactly when they are needed? A critical nitpicker who drains the energy in every room by seeing only the bad in every single situation? Someone who takes advantage of others so you can get ahead? Or putting others before yourself for the joy of seeing them succeed?
The choice is yours, and if the shoe fits, wear it.