Cute Shoes and Other Little Stuff

1 comment Posted on January 22, 2015

Dianne Barkerby Dianne Barker

I needed comfortable brown shoes for a trip and had only minutes to spare. If I’d been shopping with a girlfriend, I’d have said, “I want to find the cutest shoes in the world!”

Only my dearest Friend went that day, and I tell him everything. I said, “Lord, I want to find the cutest shoes in the world!”

Was that trivial? I have friends undergoing chemo and radiation and friends overwhelmed by the troubles of their prodigal children. I’ve dealt with all kinds of huge stuff myself.

I talk to my Friend all day—about protecting our troops in war zones, guiding our government leaders, and caring for missionaries and others in ministry. Sometimes I talk about a small need in my life. That day, it was brown shoes.

Maybe he’s too busy with the huge things to listen to trivial, but he’s never told me that. I’ve been taught all my life the Lord cares about the smallest details, and I learned to take every care to him. I wondered if I bothered him too much with little stuff. Then I remembered that to God, everything’s little!

That reminded me of a wedding in Cana that Jesus, his disciples, and his mother attended. The hosts ran out of wine, and Mary told Jesus. How small a need is that? Did she think he would go somewhere and get more wine? I don’t know that she expected him to turn water into wine, but that’s what he did. It’s his first recorded miracle (see John 2:1-11).

If you run out of punch at your daughter’s wedding, would you ask Jesus for a miracle? Anyway…back to my story. I hurriedly scanned the shoe aisles and found the cutest shoes in the world!

Cute shoesWould I have found them if I hadn’t discussed my need with my Friend? Maybe. But since I’m always talking with the Lord, I expressed my small need. When I found the shoes, do you know what I did? I thanked him and praised him.

Maybe my story sounds silly…insignificant. But I think it pleased him that I appreciated the shoes. Jesus is my Friend. If I talk to him about everything and trust him with everything, I will thank him for everything. And that pleases him.

CabbagesDianne Barker is a conference speaker, freelance journalist, radio host, and author of eleven books, including the best-selling Twice Pardoned (life of Harold Morris). I Don’t Chase the Garbage Truck Down the Street in My Bathrobe Anymore! Organizing for the Maximum Life, won the Christian Authors Network 2014 Golden Scrolls third-place award for non-fiction book of the year. This post is adapted from Cabbages and Kings—Reflections on Living Abundantly in Christ. A member of Christian Authors Network and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Dianne hosts “At the Library” on the Christian radio station WHCB 91.5 FM, Bristol, Tennessee, Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. EST For more, visit


  • 01/22/2015
    Karen Friday said:

    Love this! Big stuff. Little stuff. A true friend discusses each and every one with us. Jesus is our most intimate friend, why would he not want our conversation with him about all things. 🙂


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