CrossReads Weekly Devotional: What Shoes Are You Wearing? 6/3/2024

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by Precarious Yates

Narrated by Artificial Intelligence – Kayla

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“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!””

Isaiah‬ 52‬:7‬ NIV‬‬

It wasn’t until I was in my 40s that I realized how differently people treated me depending upon what shoes I wore. 

As a teen, I wasn’t that into shoes. Well, except my Converse high tops that I wore through high school. I adored those shoes, and I alternated those with combat boots. The only time I got suspended from school was over shoes. My PE teacher was not a fan of my combat boots, and I left my Chucks home that day. I said some words that didn’t reflect any resemblance of kindness, and weren’t clever enough to be actual combat. I earned three days off school for cliché disrespect. Not my proudest moment. 

Most of my life, I only liked comfortable shoes.

I remember the exact moment when I had just turned 28 and my feet were inflicted with searing pains after five weeks of working 70 hours a week on my feet. They never recovered. And I couldn’t wear high heels again. It’s not like I had beforehand, so I wasn’t too bothered. Twelve years later, when I learned how people would treat me if I had nicer shoes, I did wish I had been more persistent with the doctor. Would there be ANY chance of relieving the pain in my feet so that I can wear some fancy shoes? At this juncture, sadly, no. 

But shoes!

I have a pair that looks like this:


I wear them doing farm work. They have survived five years of constant beating. And still, people tend to take me more seriously when I wear them. If I walk into a store with these on, salespeople flock to help me. They won’t even do that when I wear my most expensive shoes, which, granted, are boring grey sneakers. 

But it’s taught me that people pay attention to shoes. 

God knew we’d need the best shoes possible. Shoes that would crush Satan under our feet (Romans 16:20). God also knew that even our best designs wouldn’t cut it. So He gave us His own shoes. The shoes of the Gospel of peace.  

“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.”

Ephesians‬ 6‬:13‬, 15‬ NIV‬‬

When we wear God’s shoes, we transform places around us with peace, for we take the kingdom of heaven with us. Peace starts within and works outward a harvest of righteousness. 

May God richly bless you with His peace!

Precarious Yates 

About the Author:

Precarious YatesPrecarious Yates has lived in 8 different states of the Union and 3 different countries, but currently lives in Texas with her husband, her daughter and their big dogs. When she’s not writing, she enjoys music, teaching, playing on jungle gyms, praying and reading. She holds a Masters in the art of making tea and coffee and a PhD in Slinky® disentangling.


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