Lessons from New Sandals

"When I spend time with God by sharing my own heart with him and just being quiet with him, the more unique and custom fit this relationship becomes."

by Diane Reiber, artist and author of Light Collection

I recently purchased a pair of sandals. I admired my daughter’s pair, as she happily shared just how comfortable they are for her. She filled me in on the specifics about this type of sandal.

“When you first try them on, they may be uncomfortable as the cork bed has to mold into your own foot, there is a wearing-in process. When the sandals adjust to your foot, they will be individually made just for you. The right support for your arch and heel and everything in between. You will know your sandals by how they fit.”

She is right. When I slip on her sandals, which look just like my pair, it’s obvious to tell that they are not my own. The feel and support are completely off.

It dawned on me as I was listening to my daughter explain the inner workings of these particular sandals, this same concept is similar to a pair of worn-in comfortable blue jeans. Then I thought deeper regarding this wearing- in period, it holds true with our relationships. Even our own unique relationship with God, as it is not a one-size-fits-all. Everyone has unique needs, desires and personalities as he created us individually. Our need for his support, healing and love is specific and personal and he knows us better than we know ourselves. At times, this formation process with God can seem awkward, it can feel like it’s not for me, it can feel off.

Patience with an open mind is crucial here while continually relating all of this to God. When I spend time with God by sharing my own heart with him and just being quiet with him, the more unique and custom fit this relationship becomes. I start to get to know God more personally, he then draws me in and I learn to hear his voice.

For me there have been a variety of ways he has guided me by his voice; to a certain church, through Scripture that touched my heart as explained in Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” He has also drawn me to certain people who have taught me about his love and trustworthiness.

This wearing-in period will continue with God, as our relationship grows. There is excitement, beauty and even frustrations with this lifelong process. By continually drawing deeper into him, the ripple effect is sharing him with others with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. This is all seamlessly accomplished while leaning into that support and care he provides custom for each and every one of us.