I noticed that my shoes we wearing on the outer edges of the heel. I had not noticed it before, and then it dawned on me that my knee had been hurting a bit, and that my back was not feeling so good. So I decided to go into one of those shoe stores where they have you stand on a computer pad and they analyze your stance.
“Well here is your problem!” said the polite young man. “You are wearing the wrong kind of shoes!” He went on to explain that the shoes I had been sold were designed to kind of force you to walk on the outside of your heels. But, I did not need that kind of support, I in fact needed something that would force you to walk toward the inside.
Whether that is right or not, we will see, but he ended up selling me two pair of shoes, but how strange I thought, to be wearing the wrong shoes. Have you ever been walking in the wrong shoes? Anytime we try to be somebody we or not we are walking in the wrong shoes, shoes designed for someone else.
I think about the leadership transition between Elijah and Elisha in the book of 2 Kings. The mantle of leadership falls to Elisha and the temptation he must have felt to be just like Elijah. God called him to be the prophet just as he called Elijah home in a fiery chariot.
So the next time you are trying to be somebody you or not, or you find yourself having to follow an amazing leader, make sure you are wearing the right shoes … yours!
2 Kings 2:14
14 Then he took the cloak of Elijah that had fallen from him and struck the water, saying, “Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” And when he had struck the water, the water was parted to the one side and to the other, and Elisha went over.
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