When I was 12yrs old, I had a pair of shoes called Kangaroo’s; you wouldn’t remember them unless your parent or parents shopped at Payless in whom back then did not have a very nice selection of shoes, but growing up to a newly divorced/single mom – It was all she could afford, so a lot of times she wouldn’t have the funds to be able to purchase us a new pair, so we would wash up the one’s we had really good and go over them perfectly with white shoe polish. No one ever knew that they were shoes from the previous year that had just been given a new look and because she couldn’t afford us a new pair, we passed our old shoes down to the sister who’s feet was growing or had grown into that size….
My kangaroo shoes were awesome to me, I actually thought I was a real kangaroo when I wore them; I could see myself leaping like the kangaroo, leaping over objects and things that came in my path. One day my mom, her sister, myself and my other two sisters and cousins went for a ride, it wasn’t unusual for us all to be squeezed up in the back seat. My mom had some very important food stamp papers that needed to get to the welfare office before she got cut off, the place was always crowded so mama had to park across the street from the office in which had a very busy highway in between it, she asked me if I could take the papers in the office for her and give it to the receptionist. I said YES! It was an opportunity to get out of the car from the wolf pack and it would be nice to stretch my legs…
My mom gave me the paper and told me to be careful as I had to go across this big highway, in which was extremely busy that day. As I leaned against the car – I counted on my Kangaroo shoes to get me across the street – I imagined me leaping from the car to the sidewalk of the building. GO KANGAROO!! I said as I leaped across the highway really fast, I surprised myself with how quickly I ran. YESSS!! I said, Thanks Kangaroo, I uttered as I went inside the building.
As I dropped the letter off at the receptionist desk, I walked back outside to make it back across the busy highway, the traffic was heavier than it was when I went inside; as I looked back and forward to check the traffic I remember saying to myself “Okay, Kangaroo’s we’re going to have to get across this street” – Just when I thought the traffic was clear, I said “GO KANGAROO!” as I ran across the busy highway to get to my mama on the other side, the only thing I remember seeing next was the front of a car’s headlight that I had just gotten hit by; at that moment, I was knocked unconscious as I laid there in the middle of the highway..
How many times do we put our trust, hope and faith into objects, things or people? Most of us trust the alarm system to wake us up in the morning, We put faith in crosses, shamrocks, lucky rabbit feet, cars, boyfriends, girlfriends and the list goes on and on; we trust and put our faith in these things because we can touch and see those things and if we can touch and see it, there goes our attention; there goes our FAITH! But we dare not put our trust and faith in Jesus because we can’t see him, touch him and to some they feel like they can’t talk to him (because he’s not with us “physically”) some people have lost their faith in God because maybe they feel like he let them down when he didn’t come through for them, or they feel like God is responsible for all the hurt, sorrow and sadness in the world – so why should they put their faith in him. People have many reasons as to why they don’t put their Faith and trust in God….
The bible says “Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen” – Hebrews 11:1. So even though we may not see it, but we “hope” and “believe” that what we are praying, seeking and asking God for he will give it to us….at his appropriate time.
When we put our Faith in other things outside of God, that thing becomes our God; that means that we are putting our trust into that object, person or thing…we trust that they will provide for us, take care of us and ultimately soon they began to take the place that God so desires…
The bible says that “God is a Jealous God” (for you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God), Exodus 34:14 – notice the little “g” that means idol, anyone celebrated or loved more than the big “G” is considered an idol and a threat to God.
God blessed me that day to live through being hit by that car, the whole bottom of my chin was completely torn off and I was banged up a little, but God suffered me not to die nor did he suffer me to have any broken bones as I didn’t go to the hospital because we didn’t have health insurance and my mom couldn’t afford the hospital bill that was going to come afterwards so…I got back into the same car that I got out of and went home, my mom put anointing oil on my wound and my whole body, prayed for me and we went on by our day as if nothing happened, but something did happen as I learned a valuable lesson that day and that was to not put my FAITH nor TRUST into anything else but GOD almighty……I wore my Kangaroo shoes again after that day, but they were just shoes as I learned that they could no longer hold any value over the real person whom could get me in and out of situations without hurt, harm or danger. (I just want to clarify that just because God is a jealous God doesn’t mean that he causes things to happen to us, remember when we put our faith and trust into anything other than the almighty we suffer our OWN consequences behind whatever that something or thing brings because anytime you step outside of God’s will, you become a magnet for the enemy who is deceitful, conniving, cunning, a manipulator, liar and a thief and he’s waiting on you)
So who has your TRUST and where does your FAITH reside…..if it’s in any other thing outside of God then you might want to reconsider where you have it. God is the only one in whom we can put our FAITH as he won’t let us down.