One of my favorite fairytales growing up was “Cinderella.” My favorite part was the ending, whereby the prince took the glass slipper to her house and found her to be the owner. Perhaps my fondness of shoes began here as well…but I digress. The symbolism of the shoe fitting was that it belonged to her and no one else. No matter the horrific treatment she received and experienced prior to that point, not even her terrible stepmother nor stepsisters could stop her destiny from manifestation. I’ve tried many a shoe on in my lifetime, more specifically my grown up life as I’ve had the resources to make purchases, but if a shoe fit too snug, I would not desire it. I didn’t want to be bothered by it becoming painful. Let’s face it, if your feet hurt, it can jack up your day! Further, if you are uncomfortable in your shoes, you may have a difficult time completing the assignment that God expects. Consider Sunday morning…
Last Sunday as I dressed for dance ministry, I opted to leave my black dance shoes at home and grab my beige ones instead. I knew that I would be the only one in a different color, but the black shoes had proved during rehearsal to be slipping off of my feet. Little did I know that the beige ones would show themselves as painfully smaller and super bothersome during ministry. By the time service was over, I wanted to throw them in the sea of forgetfulness. I went about my week and forgot about my plan to look for a replacement pair. So, yesterday, as I dressed again for ministry again, I opted for the black shoes. During sound check, as we went through the dances, my right shoe kept slipping off, and interrupted my ability to turn. My level of frustration was increasing, particularly because I didn’t want to fall. Following sound check, we went to a room in the back hallway to go over a few movements. Once everyone with the exception of one dancer left the room, I grabbed our anointing oil, prayed over my shoe, foot and anointed both. I asked God to allow the shoe to fit and enable me to minister as he would have me. By the time I reentered the sanctuary, the shoe was as snug on my foot as I imagined it was for Cinderella! One of the songs we ministered to was, “The Anthem.” If you know the lyrics, you will understand that this was so that yet again, God would win the victory!
Why is it important to not allow this simple yet powerful example to go unnoticed? Well, just as always is the case, God takes the foolish things of the world to confound the wise (I Corinthians 1:27). First, we must present ourselves available unto God. Romans 12:1 affirms, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” The dancers are expected to minister typically about three, sometimes four Sundays per month. Inevitably, the enemy makes a point to offer some kind of distraction to hinder our assignment. Yet, when we purpose something in our heart (II Corinthians 9:7), God will honor our obedience (II Samuel 15:22). Secondly, he demonstrated that he is a prayer answering God. Each time my mother gets to the end of her prayer, she recites I John 5:14-15: “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” There is little need for us to pray if we don’t expect God to answer. We need to exhibit confidence in every word or thought we utter to the Master, with great anticipation of his response.
In this season, we must be deliberate about availing ourselves to God and believing that he can do all but fail, despite the naysayers, despite those who would tell you and treat you as beneath them. We must seek to be as fit and snug in God as likened to the “shoe.” He is in charge of our happily ever after, and despite challenges, meanness and even some occasional ugliness, God remains in control and desires to see our fairytales become reality. The shoe or our challenges may not always be comfortable, but God has given us the grace to endure. It may require some confidence, some prayer and even a little bit of oil, but we can make it. After all, if the shoe fits….get your praise on!