Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:12)
It sat there basking in the sun for several days. It got rained on a couple of times. It wasn’t where it should be. But it was there, nonetheless. A single, solitary shoe sat in the middle of Fairlane Drive for several days.
It didn’t have a partner. Shoes come in pairs. That’s how we wear them. But this shoe did not have a complementary shoe. Where was the other shoe? Why was this shoe by itself? Why was it left alone? Where did the other shoe go? (Maybe it went where all of the socks go that are lost in the laundry.) Did someone lose their shoe while walking? Did it fall out of a car? Did it drop from a plane? So many questions and no answers to be given.
The only thing I do know is that the shoe was not where it should have been, and it shouldn’t have been by itself. Shoes come in pairs. They were created to be together. Each left shoe has a right shoe that goes with it. Each right shoe has a left shoe that goes with it. Shoes are meant to be with another shoe. They weren’t meant to be left alone in the middle of a neighborhood street.
When you think about it, we can learn something about our lives from this solitary shoe. We, as humans, were not created to be alone. In the Garden of Eden, God declared it was not good for man to be alone. We were created to be with other people. We were created to live in community. We were created to have other people love us, encourage us, support us, correct and discipline us at times and to live life with us. In turn, we perform these same tasks in the lives of others who need us to be with them. Humans, like shoes, were not created to be alone.
Maybe you are drawn to solitude and to living a solitary life. Maybe you think you don’t need anyone getting in your business and you can figure out life on your own. Don’t fool yourself. You were not created to live a life of solitude and loneliness. You weren’t created to live by yourself and for yourself. When people choose to live this way, they miss their intended purpose and position in life like a shoe lying in the middle of a residential street. Your purpose and mission in life will always be connected to living with others and helping them along the way.
Don’t choose to live a life of solitude and isolation. Seek community. Seek to let others into your life as you enter into theirs. It will be messy and challenging at times, but it will also be worth it as you are blessed by the love and gifts of others as they are blessed by the love and gifts you share with them.
(Life Group signups begin this morning at Fairlane in the foyer. There is a group that needs you to be a part of it and that you need to be a part of. Sign up this morning!)