When I lived in Florida, many years ago, a friend told me of an observation he made while looking out his window. In his view was a large field. This part of Florida, the soil is mostly sand. This gives way to crabgrass, sand spurs and other nasty elements in the field. He told me he saw somebody walk barefoot across this field. It took them a very long time. This person had to be very careful where he stepped and often had to pull the sand spurs from his feet. He noticed it took this person about 30 minutes to cross this field.
Sometime later, he saw another person crossing the field. This person was wearing hiking boots. He trudged across the field in only a few minutes not, even noticing the sand spurs below. This person was well prepared to cross the field, while the other one was not.
As we travel through our journey of life, how prepared are we? God’s Word was designed to protect us and prepare us for our journey. Many times we end up walking barefoot though the field of life not knowing what we face. For most children, barefoot is a way of life. But as we get older, we realize the importance of not only the necessity for shoes, but coats, jackets umbrellas whatever we need for our physical journey.
Paul tells us in 1 Cor. 13:11, “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” And yet most of the problems we face in our life today, are because we are still acting like a child. We have not studied the Word of God sufficiently enough to help us with our overall journey of life. Whether our problems are marital, financial or even social behavior, we must “study to show ourselves approved” (2 Tim 2:15), for the Bible has miraculous insight on life itself.
When we go on our journey, we not only must protect our feet but every part of us. Paul tells us to put on the whole armor of God. Eph 6:11: 13-17 “Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.”
Paul was speaking in terms the people of the day could understand. The Jewish people knew the Roman soldiers were well protected in their armor. Since we are so far removed from any physical battlefield, it would be difficult to relate to these terms. And I will not be tacky with such things as “the rain coat of righteousness” etc.
Let’s just put it this way: whatever your feet go, are you ready to share the Good News of what Jesus has done? Is your mind protected with the confidence of the salvation that Jesus Christ has given you? Do you walk in truth and in righteousness? Not your own, but the Lord’s! Is your faith strong enough to use as a shield against the fiery darts of the evil one? Remember, even if it’s only the size of a mustard seed, with God’s help, your faith will grow and flourish and be able to move Mountains! And of course, be ready with God’s Word! For His Word is the map we need to make it through this journey of life. It’s all laid out; we just need to follow it.
Ned and his wife Joan, the creators of Kidz Mania! are professional illusionists, jugglers and family/kids evangelists based out of Louisville, KY. They have performed for Ringling Brother’s/Barnum and Bailey Circus, Disneyland, Disney World, cruise ships and other notable places. They have also been featured performers with Kid’s Gig a part of the Billy Graham Crusade.
Ned, president of No Way Productions LLC, is also a licensed minister. Joan has a BA degree in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Iowa. They are recipients of the “Excellence in Ministry” award presented by International Network of Children’s Ministry.