During my summer job, I often went for a walk during my break. But on one particular day, I passed a small shoe store and there in the window, were the cutest pumps I’d ever seen. They pulled me into the store. The next thing I knew, I was walking out of the store with not one, but two bags. Yes, the pumps were so cute I needed two different colors.
I had not planned to spend money that day on shoes. But, I was one happy sister, returning to work with two brand new pair of pumps – one in hot pink and the other in lime green.
I decided that my high school graduation would be the perfect time to strut my stuff. The ceremony was held at an amphitheater – an outdoor, open-air venue with a lovely view and plenty of California sunshine. My graduation gown was cream so I wore the lime green pumps. I was styling and profiling. You just walk differently when the pumps are on point.
To say that I walked differently is an understatement. The highlight of all graduations couldn’t come quick enough… crossing the stage! I stood in line and waited patiently for my name to be called. My fellow classmates cheered upon hearing their names and receiving their diploma from our school principal.
Finally, we got to the M’s. My nerves and excitement began to build. The announcer worked through the Martin’s, the Martinez’s, the Milton’s, the Montgomery’s. Up next… Morrison. I heard my name… I stepped… two steps… just three more steps until I would reach center stage. But then… a misstep.
OH NO! Was there a crack in the ground? Gum on my heel? A sudden drizzle from the cloudless sky? Or was I too caught up in my lime green pumps? Fortunately, the quick hand of the principal kept me from falling as he whispered with a smile, “Were you in a hurry to get to me?” 🙂
There I was graduating with honors and still had a lesson to learn: no matter how cute your shoes are, you’d better watch your step or you will trip and fall.
That happened years ago and I’m still glad my principal came to my rescue. The truth is, however, I’ve slipped and missed my step, both physically and spiritually, many times since then. But there is One who can keep me from falling and catch me when I do. His name is Jesus and I’m covered by His blood. My principal saved me from embarrassment on graduation day, but my Savior will save me from embarrassment on judgement day. Hallelujah!
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen (Jude 23-24)