What does God think about High Heels?
This was the question I was asking myself this morning whilst thinking about something I learnt in Sunday School. (For you American readers I don’t mean the adult bible study kind of Sunday School – I mean the English, kids songs, kids games and messy craft “for children” type of Sunday School – cos I’m that kind of girl!).
I led a session on “Shoes of Peace” the other week and I will admit at first that I had no idea what to teach them – so I quickly tried my best to work out what this meant to me before ending up seriously confusing them.
To me, being peaceful comes from spending time with, thinking about and TRUSTING God. When I do this I find I get an amazing feeling of “preparedness”. Like I can handle almost anything. As if I had a good pair of fit-for-purpose shoes on.
So, this here is what I imagined God’s idea of good shoes to look like….
Kind of ugly, functional sandals – most probably worn with socks ;).
To be honest they don’t thrill me! I know this is a metaphor for “the armour of God” and maybe I shouldn’t read too much into it, but looking like a soldier doesn’t quite do it for me.
Let me take you back to my Sunday School session – that week we tipped over the edge of madness, we went from fun into the realm where parents start to *ahem* gently question your methods (whoops! Maybe we shouldn’t have created a slip hazard in the middle of the church hall – flour, water + bare feet = bruised bottoms!).
Anyway, another one of my ideas was to do a small obstacle course whilst wearing inappropriate shoes to see how hard it was, we had size 12 trainers on a 5 yr old and a pair of my high heels. To my surprise the heels went down a storm! The usually butch and boisterous boy became a sashaying super model as he deftly moved through the obstacle course.
I was wondering why I couldn’t walk that well in heels and if maybe I had got my thinking wrong about the armour of God.
Maybe for some people our shoes of peace look like this….
What if in being peaceful and clothing ourselves with the essence of God we start to grow in beauty? What if, in those of us made to be this way, our armour of God shows itself in dignity, elegance, gracefulness and that elusive “WOW factor” most women would LOVE to have.
Here are my verses to prove the point…
“Strength and dignity are her clothing and her position is strong and secure; she rejoices over the future [the latter day or time to come, knowing that she and her family are in readiness for it]!” Proverbs 31:25
“Let not yours be the [merely] external adorning with [elaborate] interweaving and knotting of the hair, the wearing of jewelry, or changes of clothes; But let it be the inward adorning and beauty of the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible and unfading charm of a gentle and peaceful spirit, which [is not anxious or wrought up, but] is very precious in the sight of God.” 1 Peter 3:3-4
We become beautiful by knowing and loving Jesus – yet we can lose our relationship with Him if we rely on our beauty and not completely on God….
“But you trusted in and relied on your own beauty and were unfaithful to God and played the harlot [in idolatry] because of your renown, and you poured out your fornications upon anyone who passed by [as you worshiped the idols of every nation which prevailed over you] and your beauty was his.” Ezekiel 16:15
Here’s how this has changed my world… When I look at magazines I feel rubbish, when I watch TV I feel inadequate, when I compare myself with the world I always come up short (in more ways than one – I am not a tall person!). I am not beautiful in that worldly way. Yet, I am beautiful through Jesus Christ and the peace he gives me. I am more than enough for my husband to-be, because Jesus is my covering and He knows how I am made.
Ladies let’s get our pretty shoes of peace on!