If My Crocs Could Tell Their Story, It Might Sound Something Like This
Make Your Life Matter No Matter What – If My Crocs Could Tell Their Story, It Might Sound Something Like This
As I paused from cooking dinner to reflect for a moment, I uttered these words to my son: “If these shoes could talk, wow the stories they would tell.” And I realized my sturdy Crocs would be the inspiration for this week’s blog.
If my Crocs could share their life story, it might sound something like this…
How can I possibly sum up ten years worth of memories in a few short paragraphs? I’ve carried Angela into Ghana, Liberia, Tanzania, Malawi and Kenya, and that’s just on the African continent. I’ve stepped where Jesus walked in the Holy Land and been dipped into the Jordan River. I’ve been her companion on family vacations to sandy beaches and Smokey Mountain cabins. I’ve been lovingly tucked away in her suitcase countles times, traveling through more airports than I can remember. But once the red clay of Africa embedded herself into my treads, I knew I would never be the same.
I’ve helped her into a canoe as she crossed the river to get back to Daboya where they planted a church. I’ve seen the inside of tents, the ceramic tile of guest homes, the halls of hotels and the mud floors of huts. I’ve listened to women’s stories; stories of heartbreak and loss and faith. I’ve bent as Angela sat cross-legged in the dirt to hold a child or tell about Jesus under an African tree.
And I’ve felt the gentle fall of her tears. Sure, I’ve been washed with spickets and hoses and buckets and water bottles and even muddy water drawn from the river. But Angela’s tears have washed me the most. We’ve been through a lot together; shared more memories than most people do across ten lifetimes. And maybe, even though I can’t carry her another step, maybe she’ll carry me in her suitcase, just to see where the next God encounter will lead.
“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
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