I get kidded a lot about the shoes I wear. I’ve never been one who has a love for shoes–even though I birthed a few with shoe fetishes. I’ve always been more comfortable with, well, being comfortable.
My shoes of choice are typically well-worn tennis shoes or soccer flops. Living in Florida, where wet happens spontaneously, the rubber flops work wonders when it rains. Or mowing the lawn. Or I’m too lazy to tie a lace.
Fashion? Not so much. Easy to slip into.
And tennis shoes? Necessities for playing or exercising or protecting toes from dropped objects when helping people move. (Lesson learned.)
I’m not especially focused on the state of my feet.
In particular, my toenails.
I’ve gotten two pedicures in my life. The first time a friend took me, and it was a sweet and painless experience.
The second time was before one of my daughters’ weddings. All of us gals went together so we’d have happy feet for the big day.
Not so painless. The gal cut so much calloused skin from my feet that it was painful walking down the aisle.
No one has touched my feet with those scraping, cutting things since.
Until my toes complain because the nails are getting too long and are scraping toe skin. I cut them to the quick and ignore them for another month.
Focus on my toes–or lack thereof–has made me aware of other ignored parts of me. There are areas of my heart that I treat much like I do my toes.
I consider myself a low-maintenance kind of a gal. Hence no fru-fru nail color. I often wear that as a badge of honor.
But I’ve noticed lately that I’ve ignored areas of my heart that have needed attention. The obvious whines from my soul have had to do with worry over the coming year. Concern for my family and their hurts and needs. People I work with who are in pain and transition.
The stuff of life.
When folks ask how I’m doing, though, I typically smile and say, “Fine.” Life, after all, is what it is.
I want to be genuine. I don’t want to deal with my messy. Tamp it down. No sweat. Badge of honor.
Ignoring truth is no badge of honor. Like a doctor once reminded me, there’s no glory in pain.
I might be able to hide my stuff from the world, but God is intimately aware of everything that’s going on in me and with me. I can’t hide from Him. Don’t really want to.
Yes, I’m weary of my mess being front and center.
But God encourages me to bring it to Him. Like a pedicure for my heart. (A coronaracure?) He heals. With tenderness.
My toes may not be pretty, but I’ve got a Master at work on making my heart look great.
Second photo courtesy of memegenerator.net.