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Black Patent Leather Mary Janes.  That is the shoe I wore every single Sunday to church until I was thirteen years old.  When I became a teenager my mother bought me a pair of brown leather shoes with a slight wedge heel.  But it was the black patent leather shoes that my mother bought me every year of my childhood for my Sunday slippers, which obviously to her was the appropriate shoe for a little girl.

Sometimes, in my mind’s eye, I picture myself as that little girl approaching the throne room door.  I knock on it.  As it slightly pushes open, my Heavenly Father waves me in with a smile.  At His bidding, I haul it across that throne room floor in my black patent leather Mary Janes, happily clacking all the way, until I jump up in His lap.  There I lay my little head on His large, comforting chest, and in the words of Dennis Jernigan, I just sit there for a while.

I think this is a perfect picture of Hebrews 4:16, which says, “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” 

I used to picture this verse in the context of a mighty saint who forcefully entered the throne room in prayer to lay hold of God’s power and authority to use in battle against the enemy.  But now I believe the bold attitude is more like a little girl who comes running to her daddy in great expectation of whatever she may ask.

Children are bold, or at least mine are.  They know I love them; therefore, they never hesitate to come to me with requests.  They do not fear me even when I might say No.  Regardless of time or place, they come to me when they need me.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14

Unfortunately, as we grow older, we trade in those sweet and innocent little patent-leather slippers for a more “mature” leather shoe for our journey.  Over time, the wear and tear sets in, yet they are still sturdy, dependable and reliable – the perfect picture of self-reliant faith.  This is how we roll (or should I say stroll), isn’t it?  We are prone to rely less on God and more on our own wisdom and resources as we grow older.

But how can the self-sufficient be comforted in times of need?  Only when we go to God boldly in our childlike faith, wearing our black patent leather Mary Janes, no less, will we find rest and security in our Father’s lap.

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