My Dad Bought Me These Shoes

by - 4:37 PM

In my recent adventures in Europe (which feels like a distant memory or dream already) God revealed two major life lessons to me.

1. God is always with me
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” - Deuteronomy 31:6

2. You have not because you ask not.
Yet you don't have what you want because you don't ask God for it. - James 4:2

I was in Paris and had been walking for over two hours with no corner store in sight. So I thought that since I was completely relying on Christ to be my guide this trip, I asked Him for some water. I look up and there is a man selling bottles of water out of a bucket for 1 euro.

It was the biggest travel day I had all trip. I asked God for favour on the flight that I would have no screaming babies around me and that it would be a relaxing trip. When the announcement came on that said "We are a full flight today" I looked beside me to realize the seat next to me was staying empty despite the announcement.

 "If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!" - Matthew 7:11

My Flamingo Shoes

Yesterday, I was at the mall looking for a new pair of shoes because mine are falling apart. Shoe shopping is always a nightmare for me. It's painful when you have to break them in, and it's rare to find a nice shoe in my size that's comfortable. I walked into winners and as I was walking down the shoe aisle, I asked God to have the perfect pair of shoes for me. I looked up and saw flamingo shoes... in my size... just sitting there. I tried them on and they fit perfectly.
I have a personal connection with Flamingos. I am obsessed with the colour pink for one, and two they are tall with long legs like me. I think God was thinking of people like me when He made flamingos. Anyway, I saw the price and they were around 25 dollars. I thought that was a lot so I walked away.
I walked away from something that I KNEW God had blessed me with because I THOUGHT they came with a price I wasn't willing to pay.
I spoke with my twin (BFF) on the phone and she told me that she noticed the shoes were Steve Madden which means they are good quality and $25 was actually cheap for that brand! I said "Okay, then it's worth it. If they are there after church tomorrow, I'll take it as a sign and get them"
I went back in today, sure enough they were there. I decided to asked God to please reduce the price a little bit (I was thinking more $13?). I got to the checkout counter and they came up as the price listed. 
oh well.
The woman asked me if i had a points card so I checked my wallet assuming little success because I had recently switched wallets and have most my cards at home. But I saw "nners" sticking out the side on one card... I gave it to the girl assuming that was the points card but she couldn't scan it.
"Oh this is a gift card" she said.
What? I didn't know I had a winners gift card!
My Godmother had given me a gift card to Homesense (same company) and the winners logo just happened to be on the side that was sticking out of my wallet. 
When she scanned the card to pay for the shoes, she handed it back to me and said "Your remaining balance is $28.50". Not only did God provide the perfect shoes, but He worked it out so I wouldn't have to pay a dime all along.

This makes me wonder how many times I've had a blessing staring me right in the face, but I turn away from it because I felt the "price I would have to pay" would not be worth it.

I turned down the blessing, but when I changed my mind to go back and receive it, God still had it waiting there for me. Isn't that just the true nature of God? We can turn him down so many times, but the moment we change our hearts and turn back to Him, He is right there. Waiting to take us in. Waiting to bless us. Waiting to show us more of His love.

The true reason I went back, and changed how I felt about the price of the shoes was because my friend reminded me of it's quality of the shoe.
A blessing from God is of the highest quality and therefore the price we may have to pay is ALWAYS worth what he is calling us to. Because in the end, the price we think we are paying, the "sacrifice" we may need to make, was actually already paid for. By Him. On the cross.

xox sc

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