God’s Word for Today: Rubber Boots
Yesterday, I once again became a free man. Due to the unreal amount of rain we have been receiving like, FOREVER, it was becoming increasingly difficult to navigate a solid and dry path to all areas of the construction site. Making the rounds and viewing the different craft doing what they are best at, normally takes about 1 hour. But with the challenges of standing water and mud, and mud, and more mud, it was taking 2 exhausting hours each time.
One day I was tired of the never-ending search for higher and dryer ground. I decided that the straight forward, come what may approach was needed. My normal work boots are somewhat water resistant and allow for short bursts through approximately 4 inches (10cm) of mud/water before things start getting messy. I would be OK.
When I finally reached my destination, two things were apparent. First, my trail wasn’t all that straight. Looking down does not a straight line make. And second, I had exceeded the 4” depth limit more than once. I don’t mind mud and water engulfing my feet. But, I really felt sorry for my work boots. It was time for a better plan.
Thus, we come to today’s photo and my nice pair of “salvations”. Others might call them mucks, or slip ons, or irrigation boots, or whatever. They now provide me with the freedom to walk almost anywhere I want on the construction site without having to plan my next 100 steps in advance. I am now protected to 11+ inches (28cm). And cleaning my new rubber boots with the local garden hose is a breeze. The world of construction is good once again.
Psalm 23:4. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Now, you may wonder, how could the most known and repeated Bible verse ever, relate to a pair of rubber boots? A muddy jobsite is a long way away from the valley of the shadow of death. Or is it?
Every day, we are faced with many trials and tribulations thrown at us from the not so good things of this world. Some days can be a mess. Some life events can drag you through the most exhausting, nasty, and unavoidable things. Kind of like trying to walk through mud with a nice pair of shoes. You might tip toe the best you can. But, sooner or later, you will find a mud hole of problems that is too deep to stay clean and dry.
That is when God’s protection is the most noticeable. Just like that pair of rubber boots. Yes, you will still have to walk through the mud life handed you. But, with the strength and love of our Savior Jesus Christ, you will make it to the other side. Evil may surround you. Mud might try to engulf you. But, you are protected and safe.
The best plan is to put those rubber boots on, that rod and staff of comfort and protection God offers you, before you get into the middle of the mud of life. Prepare now. Walk with confidence from this day forward………………… Amen and amen.