“Shoes of iron are promised only to those who are to have rugged roads—and not to those whose path lies amid the flowers and soft meadows.
There is a comforting suggestion here, for all who find peculiar hardness in their life. Peculiar grace is pledged to them. God will provide for the ruggedness of their way. They will have a divine blessing which would not be theirs—but for the roughness and ruggedness.
The Hebrew parallelism gives the same promise, without figure, in the remaining words of the same verse: “As your days—so shall your strength be.”
Be sure, if your path is rougher than mine, you will get more divine help than I will.There is a most delicate connection between earth’s needs—and heaven’s grace.
Days of struggle get more grace than calm, quiet days. When night comes—stars shine out which never would have appeared, had not the sun gone down.
Sorrow draws comfort—which never would have come in joy. For the rough roads—there are iron shoes!”
J.R. Miller, Iron Shoes for Rough Roads
Petra Hefner says
Beautiful and so timely. Thank you! Much love to you, my sister!
That is a beautiful quote, Christina. I love this line:
“When night comes—stars shine out which never would have appeared, had not the sun gone down.”
(BTW, I’ve made your banana bread multiple times. A loaf is going to church tomorrow to share during Sunday school.)
Patricia (Pollywog Creek) says
That is so, so good. There are several people in my life that could use this right now….and, of course, I think of our brothers and sisters in Japan. Thank you so much for posting this, Christina.
That was excellent. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
This is so wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing! Love you sister 🙂 Have a blessed Lord’s day tomorrow!
Lisa Guinther says
You know Christina, that amazing grace given on those extra rough roads are many times the wonderful shoulders of the friends God sees to it you have when you need it the most.
God Bless and all my love,
This post just brings tears to my eyes as I think of those I know who are walking these rugged roads for what seems like years.
“Be sure, if your path is rougher than mine, you will get more divine help than I will.There is a most delicate connection between earth’s needs—and heaven’s grace.”
Thanks be to God!
Love and hugs to you!!
Anthony Russo says
Great post. I have read many Christian biographies that have proven these truths over and over again. Thanks for sharing this! -Anth
Diana Lovegrove says
Too true. I have discovered without fail that of those Christian brothers and sisters I know who possess the purest faith and godly lives, they are the ones who have struggled the most. I am suddenly intrigued to know your story, Christina…..God bless you today, thank you for this post. Love to you.
Wonderful words Christina. His grace is always sufficient for any adversity.
Much love to you!