#Testimony Tuesday ..throwing shoes

Moab is My washpot; Over Edom I will cast My shoe; Philistia, shout in triumph because of Me.”
Psalm 60:8

I read this Psalm today and it reminded me of a time many years ago when the Holy Spirit prompted me to cast (throw) my shoes over a large wire fence onto some waste ground. I’m sure some of you are reading this and thinking that’s a bit strange but please read on and I will explain.

I had been walking with my friend around a local estate where our church had an outreach work. We helped out with a Sunday School and breakfast for the children once a month. It was a deprived estate with a lot of social problems and we were walking and praying for the families on the estate.

As we walked past a piece of wasteland, which was surrounded by this metal chain link fence, I felt stirred that the Lord wanted us to pray for this spot in particular. As we prayed I saw a picture of this barren piece of land becoming a garden. A barren land being redeemed by the Lord and brought back in to use. I was reminded of the verses from Isaiah:

You shall no longer be termed Forsaken, Nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate; But you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; For the Lord delights in you, And your land shall be married.
Isaiah 62:4

We continued to pray into the picture and that is when the Holy Spirit impressed on me to throw my shoes over the fence into the land. Not something I had ever done before, nor has it been something the Lord has prompted me to do since.

I shared this prompting with my friend and it witnessed with her too. The thing was she had just bought some brand new boots. She looked wistfully at her boots, looked at the land and then she said Yes…her new boots were going over.

So we prayed and threw our shoes and boots over that fence.

It meant walking back to our car with no shoes on (which drew some strange looks) but we knew in our hearts that the Lord was about something and our obedience to the prompting of the Holy Spirit was a key.

Roll forward several years and that barren wilderness became a community garden. A Christian charity had a vision to create a garden where the residents of the estate could go and learn how to grow veg, fruit and also provide a place where people could meet, talk and engage with each other.

Now it wasn’t just our prayers that brought that about. We were just a small piece in God’s plan and there would have been much prayer, planning and vision from others many years later that made that happen. In that moment though, the Lord showed us with eyes of faith the vision that He had for that land and the community. Perhaps our prayers and actions of shoe throwing were the seed that was sown in God’s timing.

God is so wonderful that He gives us these opportunities to serve Him. To partner with Him in His plans for His glory and to show His love, mercy and goodness to others. When the Holy Spirit prompts you and you know (you know in that deep inner place) that it is the Lord, then I encourage you to step out in faith and trust God with the rest.

Have a blessed day my friends.

7 thoughts on “#Testimony Tuesday ..throwing shoes

  1. “I read this Psalm today and it reminded me of a time many years ago when the Holy Spirit prompted me to cast (throw) my shoes over a large wire fence onto some waste ground. I’m sure some of you are reading this and thinking that’s a bit strange but please read on and I will explain.”

    I’ve known quite a few ‘strange things’ that people have done. I’m not convinced God asked them to do the things they did which were criminal! However, the rest make sense through the filter of an amazing God, even if they don’t make sense through the filter of human eyes – God asks us to do some strange things, but always with a reason 🙂

    Sometimes I think it is more to with obedience and our own learning curve than anything else, although we’ll never how our actions truly bless others and I doubt would God waste our obedience!!

    For example, perhaps someone found those shoes and had been asking for that sign from God before doing something to start that transformation. One pair of shoes may not have been enough for them…but two pairs? What may have appeared silly, really wasn’t! Nor was the obedience of you and your friend that day: “to obey is better than sacrifice” (one of my favourite scriptures!).

    Our business closing during the recession sucked! The debt that ensued really sucked!! Losing all the profit from our house sale and having half again of that as debt was the really painful part for us. But God walked with us and our act of faith, and particularly our willingness (we didn’t do anything great or special) is what made something great happen when the article I’d been able to put in the local paper got read by our own landlord who pulled that club from being a possibility.

    Not by our efforts, but God’s! He opened the door to a relationship with the paper and we just happened to share the landlord with the building that was going to be the club’s restaurant.

    Perhaps take a pair of flip flops next time you go on a prayer walk?

    I love that God still wills us to work with Him, and not just bypass us to get the job done.

    Great Testimony!!

    Andy B

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    1. Flip flops for prayer walking..now there’s a good idea. Thanks Andy. You’re a blessing and encouragement particularly your faith shining through the trials and painful times you mention.

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  2. I love this testimony, it is a good illustration of how sometimes God may ask unusual things of us. Being faithful to His calling all the time can be hard work, but so fruitful in many ways. Thank you Nicola for this encouragement, God bless you today sister 🙏

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  3. What a beautiful story!
    Yes, sometimes or many times, God has so much fun and humor, trying to tickle our bones to believe him.
    And always, the most hearty laugh is always from us when his “joke” or humor has become a reality.

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