My Pink Shoes

The summer before my daughter’s freshman year included one rigorous shopping trip for clothes and school supplies. It was all fairly routine until we found ourselves in the shoe section of a favorite store…

I saw these shoes, and I’ll admit to you that there was only a hint of attraction when I picked them up to show my daughter; it was her reaction to them that made the sale.

It was something like, “NO WAY! Don’t EVEN think about buying those, Mom.”

The word hideous was used, and I remember a comment about “not being seen in public” with me before she put up her hand, turned on her heel, and walked away.

How could I RESIST? Of COURSE I bought them!

These shoes have stirred up emotions and sparked lively conversations over the years. One friend wrote a sappy poem about them while another conspired with my daughter to make them “disappear” while I was on a trip out of town. Even when they are tucked safely away in my closet, threats of a one-way trip to Goodwill have been made by both family and friends.

I’ve also found I can’t blend in with a crowd while these beauties are on my feet. They make a STATEMENT when I wear them, in a language all their own; not unlike what happened in Jerusalem, at Pentecost (Acts ch. 2).

When God unleashed His Spirit on Jesus’ followers that day, He made them STAND OUT! What else could the tongues of fire have been for? They certainly weren’t going to “fit in” with any crowd while flames erupted on their heads!

God’s invitation to His followers at Pentecost was clearly NOT to a life of predictability and status quo. When His Spirit comes in power to willing disciples, PEOPLE TAKE NOTICE! In just one day at Pentecost, about 3,000 onlookers witnessed the unusual events, felt the power of the Spirit of God, and responded by putting their faith in Him.

Scripture teaches us that when God’s Spirit of truth comes in power to willing disciples, we will KNOW the truth, and that truth will SET US FREE (John 8:32). That truth does something else, too. Author Flannery O’Connor once said that, “You will know the truth, and the truth will make you ODD.”

THIS I BELIEVE – just look at me! I sit at my computer today, a willing disciple of the risen LORD (pink shoes notwithstanding), and while you probably won’t believe that there are flames of fire on my head, I promise that those flames ARE HERE, in my HEART. I feel something like a Galilean these days, because although I’m equipped with a head (somewhat) filled with knowledge, I’m not formally “schooled” in religion – I’m simply a follower of Yeshua, like the first disciples were. An unlikely candidate to deliver a message that might affect, or even change, the world.

Yet the Spirit of God comes in power to set apart the lives of those who yield to Him.

  • We are MARKED by His glorious presence.
  • We are CLAIMED by the God who created and breathed life into us.
  • We are EMPOWERED to DO, in Jesus’ own words, even greater works than His own (John 14:12), putting God’s glory on display for all to see.

In the process of all of this marking, claiming and empowering, as with the disciples at Pentecost, these lives we live are changed.

Gone are the days of getting lost in the crowd; instead, let’s wear our uniqueness like a pair of pink shoes while the fire of God’s truth burns brightly in our hearts.

"Let's wear our uniqueness like a pair of pink shoes..."

27 thoughts on “My Pink Shoes

  1. Brita, you are amazing! What a wonderful gift the Lord has given you. May you continue to be blessed with your inspirational words. Love and Hugs

  2. This is great, Brita! You go girl cuz we’re cheering you on and we all love going along for the ride to see where God takes you… and us. Love those pink shoes!

  3. I liked it mom:)

    But I do have to admit that the picture doesn’t do those shoes justice… Everyone must see them in person to understand!

  4. Yay Brita! Yay God! I keep remembering our shoe game at the last retreat. Barb had her boots that kept her going through all her busy-ness and we called them her “no” boots because she was going to think about saying “no” to some things. Anyway, I need Barb’s NO boots now! Brita, you rock and I love how you live out God’s love in your life. XXXOOO, Charla

  5. You are such a gift and a blessing to all of us. Reading your message was the best way to start my day – “on the right foot.” Love the “Pink Shoes.”

  6. Love this Brita, I think we should both wear our pink shoes some Sunday (and encourage our whole praise team….Poor Ken to wear pink shoes). That would liven things up! And in the long term we culd begin a Pink Shoes group like the Red Hat Ladies. This could go all over the country!!!!! God is moving! Love, Charlotte

  7. Pink shoes! Wow! What a statement. Spiritual pink flames on our feet – I can see it now. I’m going to find my special pair – hmm, maybe with glitter or sequins. Every time I wear them I will be reminded how the spirit sparkles in my heart. What a movement; you go girl!

  8. Brita, being a lover of shoes, and having more in my closet that I can count, I love them. You go Girl, I just love it when we Moms can get to our daughters makes life interesting and sometime is messes with their Heads. You are truly amazing and have such a wonderful God given talent to share with all of us, we are so lucky to have you in our lives. God Bless you and you keep wearing the “Pink Shoes”

  9. Congratulations Brita! This is exciting – AND entertaining. You have a lot to say that a lot of people need to hear and I know this is just a stepping stone for greater things to come. Looking forward to the blog on the froggy/piggy match up :^D

  10. Brita….awesome! The shoes and the lesson. Keep on walking through the scriptures and enjoying the surprises God brings.

  11. OH BRITA, THE PLACES THOSE SHOES WILL TAKE YOU SPREADING THE GOOD NEWS. I CAN HARDLY WAIT TO SEE THEM. I HAVE A FEELING THAT THE SHOES ARE ABOUT TO INSPIRE YOU TO GO PLACES THAT YOU HAVEN’T BEEN, AND SPREAD ALOT OF THE LOVE YOU HAVE FOR GOD TO MANY PEOPLE WHO DESERATELY NEED TO HEAR IT AND FEEL IT. BLESS YOU.

  12. I LOVE the pink shoes! They ARE unique..just as you are! I can’t tell you how much I love this..it filled me up so much…it made me cry!! God Bless you Brita, and never get rid of those shoes!!🙂

  13. I can understand why your daughter did not want the shoes!!! But you have such a gift of turning the situation into something like this. I wish I could see messages from our Lord as you. I am learning! I love this web site. Thanks so much for starting it! You are truly an inspiration to me. Thanks!!

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