I own magic shoes.
They can’t take me home if I click them three times like Dorothy’s.
They don’t have braces to straighten out my back, like Forrest’s.
They don’t bring Princes searching for me, like Cinderella’s.
My shoes are magic because they remind me of the power of small steps all added together. For the past three years, since I started running long distances, I’ve purchased a reward in the form of special shoes. (RunDisney had a big part in this when they started designing Disney running shoes!) Every time I wear them, I am reminded that I ran a really long way… and survived! They are little markers of my own bravery. They are mobile altars of remembrance which prompt me with each step, “Run with endurance the race set our before you.”
Before every race I silently recite Hebrews 12:1-3 to myself.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
My shoes talk to me. “Run well, Kelly. Run, not just this race, but life fixing your eyes on Jesus.”
Yes, like I said, magic shoes!
I like having things which have greater meaning that they first appear. I like sentimentality and purpose. I love wearing these shoes. These are my magic shoes. They are powerful because they remind me of the power of Jesus.
PS – they are extra magic as I wore my Ariel shoes exactly once, got sick, and lost my voice for three days. Coincidence? I think not!
What, in your life, helps you recall where you’ve come from and refocuses you to move forward?