Ever gotten a rock in your shoe? It’s aggravating, annoying, and can get agonizing if left there. Maybe it was just a small pebble that slipped into an available space and was mostly forgotten. Then again, it could have jagged edges that rub and poke with every step until I’m begging for a bench so I can sit down and get it out of there!
A few months back I was in one of those life ruts where it feels like you’re not really making any progress toward your goals. I pulled into a park for a few minutes of quiet before heading back into summer’s three-children-at-home-chaos. I turned off the ignition but the radio kept playing. And wouldn’t you know it? The very next song spoke to my heart.
Steven Curtis Chapman’s “Long Way Home” described perfectly this earthly journey full of mountains and valleys that doesn’t always go how we think it should. Detours where it feels we’re headed the wrong way. Heavy baggage we carry around. And a traveling companion who never leaves and will see us safely to the end of the journey.
I found encouragement for the journey, even if it felt like my path was taking the “long way home.” Yet there was a line in the song that got me thinking. “I got some rocks in my shoes, fears I wish I could lose.”
What are those nagging irritants in my life that slow me down? Things I’ve picked up along the way? Fear of failure. Fear of rejection. Insecurity. Doubt. Worry. Some of these emotions linger in the corner until life shakes me up and they emerge like a stabbing pain in the ball of my foot. Others are more obvious and keep me from even taking the first step.
Isn’t it about time I found a bench and dumped the rocks from my shoes?
What about you? Do you feel like this journey is taking the “long way home?” What kind of rocks are in your shoes? How do you get rid of them?