The Boots

Monday, July 18, 2022
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Listen while you read: "Unto The Hills Around Do I Lift Up"1 (Lyrics)

2 Corinthians 12:7-9 – To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." (NIV)

Our goat, Lily, has deformed hooves. This is a hereditary condition and has no cure. I just have to keep the very thick, overgrown hooves trimmed back as much as possible. In Lily's case, this problem also caused her feet to become very sensitive, resulting in a severe limp. The issue became so painful that she began kneeling to eat, and in between eating, she simply found a corner and lay down.

The vet recommended soaking her feet in Epsom salts and then spraying the hooves with a medicated solution to rid her of any bacterial infection that she may have picked up. This helped to a small degree, but not enough to alleviate the situation.

As I pondered and prayed about how to proceed, an idea came from a veterinary program that I was viewing. The vet was treating a horse with a specific hoof problem. He advised that they order special boots for the animal to wear until the situation was resolved. Aha! I thought. If they have boots for horses, maybe they have boots for goats.

Sure enough, I found boots for goats through an online livestock supply store.

Today, Lily is walking and running about. She no longer kneels to eat her food and is one of the first ones out of the barn every morning. Now that her feet are protected, her life has been transformed. Though we will never be able to totally remove her pain, the protection of the boots is enough to allow her to live her life with energy and joy once again.

Likewise, people also suffer chronic pain in various forms. It can rear its ugly head physically, mentally, emotionally, or even spiritually. When it does, we find ourselves limping through our days. Our energy is sapped, as is our attitude toward life, for we are wearied and weighed down by our situation.

But, just as God provided me with a covering to protect Lily's painful feet, He has also provided us with a covering for whatever our situation may be. He sees and knows our pain and is concerned, willing, and able to help. Sometimes, complete healing does arrive, but not always. When it doesn't, He provides us with His grace: a covering that grants us the ability to embrace what we have been called to bear with acceptance, peace, courage, strength, and even joy, as we learn to rest in the truth that He is not only able to sustain us and carry us through our thorn with Christlike godliness, but also to use it for good, for His power is made perfect in our weakness.

Prayer: Father God, thank You that Your grace is sufficient for us, no matter what painful situation we may be called to bear. May we, like the apostle Paul, come to realize more and more that when we are weak, then we are strong in You and Your grace. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.

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Atlin, British Columbia, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Just a note to say……keep on writing!

    Wonderful Lynne!

    Thanks for today’s message. It had special meaning for me and encouragement.

    Good one, as usual, Lynne.

    Thank you, Lynne, for sharing. Since the onset of physical challenges, these devotionals have truly encouraged me. Blessings.

    Thanks, Lynne.
    We always appreciate your animal stories and the good application which follows.

    A very interesting message that really helps us see how God’s grace works in our lives, Lynne. So glad Lily’s boots worked! God bless!

    Thank you for this! As someone who’s been living with severe chronic pain for 20 years, I could definitely relate to what you were saying! God bless!

    Good morning, Lynne,
    I always appreciate your devotionals so much. I love the word picture of that goat and the boots. May God provide “boots” for all those who need them.

    Dear Lynne,
    What joy for Lily that she can enjoy bounding about. Thank you for another very clear and applicable devotional. Have a blessed day.

    I particularly LOVE your Lily stories, having had a lovely goat early in my life! What an adjunct to Paul’s ‘thorn in the flesh!’ I also smiled at: ‘First Out Of The Barn!’ Always so refreshing and delightful to read your parallels to scripture. Sure helps me, Lynne.

    I always look forward to your writing Lynne. I find your work relatable and down to earth. Both my wife and I suffer from chronic pain and the goat with boots analogy for faith will stick with me.

    Good morning, Lynn,
    We know that whatever situation we find ourselves in we have protection from our Lord. Thank you for your good words this morning.

    Thanks so much Lynne for this today! It is exactly how I feel God helping me especially with the passing of Matthew.
    So happy you found the boots for Lily!
    God bless.

    Thanks Lynne. I am no longer able to walk without the support of a walker and always discomfort. Reading about Lily living her life with energy and joy once again reminds me to enjoy this different lifestyle it is good. Again, thanks for this uplifting devotional. You show such care. Blessings.

    Good Afternoon, Lynne,
    I have delayed far too long to let you know how much I enjoy your PresbyCan contributions. So many times they are so relevant in my life at the moment they arrive.
    God’s Blessing on you and your family.

    Dear Lynne:
    Thank you so much for your wonderful story of Lily. She sounds like a real charmer!
    I also want to thank you for your encouraging words and your reminder of whom to turn to….always.
    God bless you, Lynne.

    Dear Lynne,
    Many thanks for another of your most interesting and “good feeling” devotionals. It is so evident that you have a very special love for those animals you care for and what a relief for that goat to have a solution for its troubled feet. You have written a great analogy of the Lord’s loving care for us in our daily lives. Blessings for these beautiful and very meaningful writings you do. Enjoy a great day.

    Lynne, your devotional is full of good reminders. It brought to mind a song I love to sing. The beginning goes “He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater, He sendeth more strength when the labors increase, to added afflictions He addeth His mercy, to multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.”
    The ailments may not go away but His grace and strength are His gifts as He accompanies us on the way.

    Hi Lynne
    Your devotional is dead on, I can attest to that from my own personal experience with the pain I suffer from in my lower back. I had some pain in my back dealt with by spinal surgery several months ago, which I hoped would alleviate all my pain and allow me to walk without any aids. I still need my two canes and if I stand for any length of time, I have to find a spot where I can lean to alleviate the pain or something to sit on. No matter what the situation I am able to do what I need to do with making the necessary adjustments.

    Good morning, Lynne,
    I guessed it might be you from the title, but wrong whose boots they were. I was talking with a friend who is trying many different things to help her husband. The doctors encourage her to keep trying different ideas. Your devotional reminded me of that. I know she will read this devotional and I hope it encourages her to keep working at it and moving forward.
    I would not have guessed that they had boots for horses or goats. A new learning for today.
    God is there for us no matter what we are going through. We just need to open our eyes to the wonders and what he provides. Of course, it is not always what we wish for, but it always enough.
    Thank you for your honest and positive sharing. May you continue to see God’s help in providing you with the support and answers you need. Blessings.

    Thank you so much for your always God-given words of help.
    Keep sharing with us.

    Lynne, you are my favourite writer. Thanks for such a fun and interesting lesson. Your goat sounds delightful. And so lucky to have you.

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