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Faith Imagined: Pink Slippers

Faith Imagined

Alisa Hope Wagner: Christian Writer

February 15, 2010

Pink Slippers

When I was a little girl, I almost never wore shoes. I didn’t see the need for them. But when I rode my bike, I had to scrounge up a pair. The pedals of my bike had jagged prongs on them, and they would hurt my bare feet.

I remember one sunny morning I really wanted to ride my bike. I was eight years old, and I had places to explore! I looked for a pair of shoes and found little pink slippers. I didn’t know whose they were, but they might have been hand-me-downs. I slipped them on, and I felt feminine and beautiful. I tiptoed out the front door like a ballerina.

I hopped on my bike, and leisurely rode around my block. I took in the soft summer breeze and the early morning glow of the sun. I coasted to an intersection, got off my bike and waited for the light to turn green. There was another little girl on the sidewalk waiting to cross the street with me. She was a few years older than I was. She stared at me for a good while then looked at my slippers and said, “Nice shoes.”

I looked down at my slippers and analyzed what she saw. Until this day, I still have the image of them in my mind. Although it was obvious they were once pink, they had turned a brownish color with dirty smudges across the plastic sides. There was a hole where my right big toe was and you could see my toe sticking out. The seams where the plastic tops were sewn to the soles were unraveling. The strap across the top of the left slipper was broken. I think about them now and realize that they should have been thrown away years ago.

Because I had no clue what sarcasm was, I thought the little girl was being genuine with her compliment. I stared back up at her face and beamed a smile, “Thank you,” I said. “These are my new slippers.”

The girl looked at me for a moment longer, chuckled and walked off.

I had found a treasure, and I was so pleased someone else had noticed. In my childish mind, I only knew that slippers were beautiful. It didn’t matter to me the condition of them.

And you are beautiful to the Creator. He has made you into His treasure and it doesn’t matter what the world has put you through or what kind of condition you find yourself. You are valued simply because You are His.

God doesn’t see the smudges, the holes or the unraveling seams; He only sees you – His beautiful slippers. Why? Because God came into this world in a form of a man, taught us how to love, and took the ugliness of our lives. Jesus Christ shields God’s view of our sin, so God only sees beauty. If you don’t feel beautiful, worthy or valued; then you might be viewing yourself through the world’s eyes. See yourself through God’s eyes, and you’ll wake up every morning feeling like the treasure you were created to be.

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Blogger Jack Foster said...

Wonderful illustration of how God sees us Alisa. I went over to Karen's to read the rest. It's amazing how we all have these little parables in our lives that (if we look and think) show us God's love and purpose for our lives. God bless.

10:04 AM  
Blogger Kelli said...

What a mighty God we serve!!! Beautifully written!!

11:53 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...


Thank you for all your sweet comments on arise 2 write.
Hugs, andrea

5:56 PM  
OpenID bluecottonmemory said...

I had a pair of topsiders I loved and wore until they literally fell apart in high school. Someone commented on them in a derogatory-I'm-better-than-you-let-me-make-you-feel-little kind of way. I loved my shoes. No they weren't pretty, but they were comfortable and they weren't perfect - I liked that about them.

I love the visual you use - the pink shoes. It's a shame that some try to make us feel like we're lacking or not good enough or do not have intrinsic value - however, if you look below the surface, God placed in us something so endearingly wonderful that make the outside unimportant.

I have a pair of shoes I bought in Italy that are adorable on the outside, but create pain and misery when I wear them.

Shoes are an awesome vehicle to talk about God with:)

12:16 PM  
Blogger Debbie said...

I love this story with your childhood innocence. Great analogy.

2:02 PM  
Blogger Family, Money and Stuff said...

Aww. What a sweet story. I laughed, I cried. Thanks for your reminders that God is a loving, adoring Father who delights in us. ... so easy to get lost in conviction and the work of following Him. When you write of God, you sound like a daughter - a princess. Lovely. Thanks again :)

3:28 PM  
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9:24 AM  
Blogger Morgan said...

I know there have been times when I've been so excited about something only to have someone say something unkind that completely crashed my happiness. What a good reminder to focus on how God sees us rather than what the world sees. We don't have to let the world stifle our joy.

9:37 AM  
Blogger Warren Baldwin said...

Great metaphor. There is something about all of our lives that someone could look at and laugh disdainfully about. Thankfully, God doesn't do that to us. Good post.

2:23 PM  
Blogger OceanDreams said...

I love this post and so often I have to remind myself that I how I see me is not how God sees me. He sees me as someone worthy to love, even when I am in my darkest moments and feel unlovable.

4:39 PM  
Blogger thatdesigngal said...

What a beautiful post! Thank you... I love coming here and always reading what I need to "hear".

Thank you so much!!!

8:22 PM  
Blogger Miki said...

Thank you, that was beautiful! Miki

9:54 PM  

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