Take a good look at your shoes. What do you see? From simple observation you can tell if you need a new pair, or if a good polish will do. A more detailed look will give you the imprint of your step. Do you walk on the heels, running them down? Are you a toe walker, scuffing the front? Maybe you walk of the sides of your feet. Some people do you know. Where you go is all about how you walk.
I remember hiking in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah with a group of coworkers. Our guide told us to prepare physically. Six weeks out from the hike I started walking the paved streets of my subdivision, getting in shape. Other instructions included wearing good shoes because we would be following someone up a difficult trail. We were told, “Be ready to listen, the person in front of you can see things you cannot.” A good guide gives clear instructions on how and where to step and stoop along the way. “If you are patient and listen closely, you will be fine. If not, you may experience a few bumps, bruises or stubbed toes.” You need good “ears” and good shoes.
How we prepare to hike a mountain trail says a lot about how much we are willing to trust the one guiding us. I learned quickly that flat pavement does not condition one for the rigors of hiking up a mountain trail. Once there I listened to our guide and was thankful for good hiking boots. Is not the same true for putting on God shoes and trusting the Holy Spirit to lead us through the obstacles of life?