Red Shoes

My oldest son recently celebrated his birthday. I’ve had a few days of nostalgia as I’ve remembered him growing up. He was a busy boy! It seems he was born to get things done and take the lead. He crawled early, walked early, ran fast, and was passionate from the start to get it done “by myself.”

I remember one time in particular when he was just a toddler when he was heavily concentrating on tying his shoes. He cried and cried when he couldn’t get it done and declared after nearly an hour of trying that he would no longer wear those shoes. Not an hour passed after this declaration that he was back at it, trying to tie those red tennis shoes. It wasn’t long before he was off and running with those shoes tied as best as his little hands could manage and telling his daddy, “I did it by myself!”

His victory was short-lived, however, as the laces came untied rather quickly. He tripped and skinned his knee. Tears quickly ensued followed by my swiftly collecting my independent one in my arms, kissing the tears away. When the tears dried, we tried together to tie those shoes and the day came when they no longer came loose. A tough lesson for my little one! Yet, he learned that day to let Mama teach him how to tie shoes. Time went by and he grew, but he learned to come and get help when he couldn’t figure something out.

In the same way my son had to learn from his shoe tying exercise, I’m learning to rely on lessons and victories of the past to help me move forward, to help me tie my shoes!

1 Samuel 21:9 NKJ So the priest said, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah, there it is, wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you will take that, take it. For there is no other except that one here.” And David said, “There is none like it; give it to me.”

If you remember the account of David and Goliath, David killed Goliath (the champion of the Philistines, Israel’s dreaded enemy) with Goliath’s own sword. What a victory that was! However, it seems after that victory, Goliath’s sword – the symbol of that victory – got put away, forgotten until the day David needed it.

There will be times we go through things in life when the victories of the past return to us at the right moment to bless us just like the sword of Goliath came back to David. At that moment, answers come, victory is assured, because we remembered God brought the victory before, He will bring it again.

I encourage you to reach back for those swords, those victories and, like David, declare, “There’s none like it; give it to me.”