My sister-in-law works at a sock company and often supplies us with fun-loving, colorful foot coverings. In the past we’ve gotten fish, kittens, avocados, sloths, mermaids, firemen, dragons and countless other ankle or knee-high socks.
My son has taken to wearing mismatched, knee-high socks. He doesn’t care if he’s wearing shorts or pants and he certainly doesn’t care if the socks match.
I want to believe that he’s making a statement of individual thinking. However, I think his mismatched sock fashion is a result of his not wanting to match the socks out of the dryer.
Sometimes our thoughts are like mismatched socks. We try our best to think one way, but there’s another version of the thoughts right there. Scripture in Matthew 14:29 (NASB) reminds us that Peter’s thoughts were on Jesus and the faith to walk on water. Jesus called him, and Peter was able to get out of the boat and walk towards Jesus on top of the water.
Moments later, another thought enters Peter’s mind. A mismatched thought; if you will. He begins to doubt himself and subsequently begins to sink into the water. Jesus saves him but chastises him for being of little faith.
How often are mismatched thoughts entering your own mind?
I’d like to help that single mother; contrasted with: I don’t have enough money to assist her.
I want to spend more time studying the Bible; contrasted with: I have to pick up kids/make dinner/clean the house.
I have an opportunity to present the Gospel to an unbeliever; contrasted with: I’m too scared that I’ll be rejected.
Like my son’s mismatched socks, our thoughts are often in contrast with other thoughts. This week, I’m praying that you have the wisdom and the strength to determine which thoughts you want to follow.
“And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus.” ~Matthew 14:29 (NASB)