This morning was one of those mornings. Not that I got started off with the wrong foot, but definitely the wrong shoes! I should start paying closer attention to my gut feeling that says, “This is not going to work.” Now I like to be optimistic, but that little voice inside tried to warn me that the dress I was trying on in the Target fitting room was too small. “It’s so cute, I want to try it anyway.” I get stuck. Thankfully my Mom was shopping with me that day. Lesson learned (at least for shopping).

You would think from my Cinderella shoe experience that I would have learned to follow signs that it might not be a good day to wear certain shoes. Think again. The cause: they completed my Sunday morning outfit (even to the choice of earrings). The effect: I was tripping in them even before I left the house. “If I walk slow I will do fine.” Even slow was not working. I get to the church door and the man who greeted me acted calm but I wonder what he was actually thinking. I said, “Good morning!” Then tripped and said, “Stupid shoes.” I never fell, but on the way out of church I was having such a hard time, I just slipped off my shoes and went barefoot to the car. The shoes are now in the thrift store pile. As cute as they are, they just have to go.

This morning, the message was on Psalm 16; “A Psalm of Confidence.” On the drive home, I was thinking of how the message was exactly what I needed to hear in encouragement and truth that “Confidence in the Lord means that I trust Him regardless.” It was like preparation for the days to come.

As I am still thinking, before you know it, one of my favorite movies comes to mind: Rogers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. It could have been my shoe experience or emphasis on the word, “confidence,” but I started to laugh as I could picture Maria (played by Julie Andrews) singing and doing her fancy feet work in the song, “I Have Confidence.”

[Fancy feet – 2:30; my feet – 3:46] 🙂

I definitely don’t trust my feeble ankles or my shoes to preserve me when I walk, but I have confidence in the One who is able: “I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.” Psalm 16:8


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9 responses to “Confidence

  1. Lois

    Well, I am sure someone will enjoy those shoes! And maybe walk into church with them and meet Jesus! Wouldn’t that be something!

  2. Danielle

    Man, oh man! Just what I needed to hear! I need to remember to put my confidence in God and let things be as they will be. Still learning this everyday. Thank you Melinda for the reminder!

    • mel

      Yes, it is an everyday thing! You would think it would finally set in, but I think that is part of the journey of our faith..complete surrender. Like Romans 121-2, “…being transformed by the renewal of your mind…”

      Seems like a daily thing to me. 🙂 Glad it brought you encouragement; it was what I needed to hear as well!

  3. negin

    Mell, u r ok? tutto e a posto?

  4. negin

    Mell, pray for me,;(((((((((((((
    i didnt do well on my exam;((((((/((((((((

  5. Megan

    HAHAHA! That part of the Sound of Music movie is classic – I like how you compare the video times to Fancy Feet and your Feet… I’m sure after all that crazy feet work, Maria, was feeling not so fancy at that point too. Chin up sweet sis!! Way to keep being confident in the Lord:) XO, Megs

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