My arch had fallen, my entire calf was numb, and sharp pain was shooting from the base of my heel and up the side of my lower leg.
And I had only been running for a mile or so.
Frustrated, I hopped off the treadmill and went back to my room furious at how this was the _nth time this had caused me to cut my workout short.
The following week, my friend took me to a running shop in a neighboring city to find a new pair of running shoes. Shoes that were designed to help correct my particular problem and that of other runners.
The pair of tennis shoes I was wearing wasn’t exactly cheap. They were made by a well-known brand and were supposed to be ideal for runners. Supposed to be.
At the shop, the woman measured my feet to get their exact rather than their estimated size. Through this process she was also able to determine the arch problem on my right foot.
When she told me to sit down following the initial measurements, I found myself telling her “So, I don’t know if you noticed but my right arch is really bad. I need shoes to help correct this.”
Looking up at me with a humble but confident air she replied, “I know.”
Her trained eye didn’t need my help. She knew exactly what she was doing.
After going to the back for a couple of minutes, the lady returned with four pairs of shoes. With each one I tried on, she had me walk around the store and get a feel for them. Then, she had me pop up on the treadmill and run.
Attached to the treadmill was a camera device that captured my running in slow motion. Through this process she could see if a shoe was correcting the problem rather than just masking it.
Almost an hour later I walked out of the shop with the best pair of tennis shoes I have ever owned. They came with a price, but the price was worth it because they were the perfect fit.
I just want to speak to the single women today and say “I know what it’s like.”
You see all your close friends getting paired off. You watch their Instagram accounts and Facebook walls light up with cute pictures of her and her man.
You’ve fostered a couple interests but either those don’t pan out or you realize quickly that they aren’t the right match for you. Sure, they’re great people, but they aren’t created for you.
Can I just encourage you to give it to God today?
Like when I went to the running shoe store and the lady knew exactly what I needed. She didn’t even have to ask a load of questions to get an idea of what to supply me with. All she needed was the imprint of my foot to determine the type of shoe best equipped to help me in the running process.
Don’t you believe that this is what God’s doing as well? He sees our hearts, and He knows our desire for intimacy and companionship. But He also knows that He wants the perfect match for us, the man who is going to strengthen and support our run. A man who won’t hinder or hurt but whose heart will be to help.
And like the shoes, good things often come with a price. That price for many of us is waiting and in remaining single for a season.
1 John 4:18 reads, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.”
If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you have already experienced the redemptive and restorative nature of perfect love. The Holy Spirit dwelling in you equips you with the capacity to love others with a perfect love, a fearless love.
So do not allow your fear to taint your love. Do not allow doubt and uncertainty to dilute your passionate hope. Perfect Love, our Jesus, casts out all fear with His promises to give you a hope and a future.
He alone can answer the painful cries of our heart. His presence is the only thing that can answer the aches of our spirit. No man can ever do that. Ever.
But like the shoes, they can help position you to better your walk with Christ.