“Mom, I fed the chickens. Here’s your sandals back,” my daughter said.
“Back?” I tried to hide my dismay, “You wore the jeweled ones?” The odor rising from the pleather revealed the answer.
“I just borrowed them quick.”
I glanced at my jeweled sandals. As pretty as they were, they now had a designated purpose. I would use them when I fetched eggs or cared for my hens. My jeweled sandals were now the purtiest’ chicken sandals I’d ever owned.
They stank. Bad stank… Invading the kitchen stank.
I dropped the sandals outside, closed the door, and blew my nose.
As unusual as it may seem, I knew my daughter’s quick grab happened for a purpose. It reminded me I am called to holiness. The Apostle Paul writes, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9 KJV)” This verse reminds me that in the spiritual realm I am called to keep out of the chicken coop. But there’s more…
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation,
a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you
out of darkness into his marvelous light.
1 Peter 2:9 KJV
Because I’ve been trapped in the coop before, this reminds me to help my friends. We need each other. When I think of how often I’ve gotten trapped inside the coop, and proceeded to walk wherever I willed until someone extended a hand of mercy to me, this makes it easy to extend a helping hand. I Peter 2:10 reads, “Which in times past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. (I Peter 2:10 KJV)” God puts us in a spiritual family, and I chose to be available when my friends are needing prayer, a hand up, or just a listening ear so they can work through a chicken coop situation.
Which in times past were not a people, but are now the people of God:
which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
1 Peter 2:10 KJV
The Bible is infallible. Every answer is in the Book. But I am called to have more than head-knowledge—I am called to have a vital relationship with my Lord Jesus Christ. As I cultivate a relationship Jesus, I become like Him. When I spend this time with Him, He tucks the gift of love inside my person.
I’ll never arrive this side of heaven even though I want to be completely holy. But I know every moment I spend with my Jesus is cleansing. He is the One I can count on to create in me the holiness I desire as I rest in His presence, read and meditate on His Word, and receive His love. I cherish these times with my Lord.
Every time I wear my jeweled chicken sandals now, I’ll be reminded of three spiritual truths: 1) I am called to stay out of the coop, 2) I need to be available to rescue friends who are in the coop, and 3) I am my best self when I maintain a vital relationship with Jesus.
Father God, help me to live a life that is pleasing to You by following Christ.
Copyright © 2019: All Rights Reserved: Jeweled Chicken Sandals: Vinewords: Author Diane Virginia Cunio; Pen Name, Diane Virginia: http://www.vinewords.net/jeweled-chicken-sandals/devotion
Published: November 25, 2019: Christian Broadcasting Network: Beth Patch, Senior Producer: (Link to be added)
Published: April 2, 2020: Christian Devotions Ministries: Martin Wiles, Managing Editor; Cindy Sproles, Executive Editor: http://www.christiandevotions.us