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Shoes, Lies, & Hope for Healing: Melinda’s Story

No one likes to be heckled, especially not by a crowd. Biting tears stung my cheeks as I stood taking it all in. Eyes staring, tongues wagging while lies of despair and defeat swirling around me. Singularly and in pairs they all seemed to be mocking me.

The shoes, in my closet, that is.

For over 14 years illness had plagued me. Life had been filled with hospital stays, intravenous drugs, long leg casts, and crutches. I basically did everything on one foot.

“This is as good as it gets” the doctors said. And I almost believed them. But time and time again I was lead back to a Scripture that said something else.

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 2:11

Despite continued sickness I believed that part of the plan that God had for me included being free of a cast and walking again. Which is why, one warm summer afternoon, I shed the cast and donned a pair of slip-on tennis shoes I’d saved for over a decade.

This was the beginning of a new season with plenty of shoes to come. I was very excited. But excitement gradually turned to dismay as my progress slowed quickly. I ran into trouble finding shoes that would fit on my frozen left foot and my limbs and joints screamed in with pain due to my unnatural gait.  It was not the way I’d envisioned things.

Which is why, while standing inside our closet two years later, the voices of despair were mocking me. Why are you saving these shoes? What’s the use? Your leg is beyond repair. It costs money to see specialists. Things were a lot easier in a cast.


The last phrase, or should I say lie, was the one to which I took the most exception.  Because of Jesus there is always hope. At one time, I was hopelessly lost. But then I learned that Jesus came to earth, lived and died, to pay the price for my sin. He died so that I could have life. That life goes beyond today or tomorrow. It reaches past the weeks, months and years stretching all the way into eternity.

One day my crippled body will be made whole. I will walk, run, and dance. It could be on our frieze carpet, or it might be on the golden streets of heaven Only God knows the details but I’m grateful for the eternal hope that I have found in Jesus. It’s impossible to imagine all that is planned for me but I know it will be good.

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”I Corinthians 2:9 NLT

 Melinda Lancaster  is one of my encouraging online friends. I’m thankful she’s shared her  Because of Jesus story with us. She has over 20 years of ministry experience as an ordained minister and has served in various capacities. She holds a doctorate degree in Practical Theology, a Masters degree in Ministry, and is a certified Biblical counselor.  As co-founder of Don’t Faint Ministries she sees herself as a follower of Christ who ministers, teaches, and counsels in hopes of offering encouragement to those who grow weary on the road called life.

Read more inspiring Because of Jesus personal accounts here:
Tracee’s Hope,
Melissa’s Journey

Angie Risks Loving Others

Someone Knocked on Louanne’s Door,
Shawn is not Afraid, Julie is Alive,
Sundi Jo’s Gains & Losses

Abby’s Healing in Still Moments
Haelie Loved Jesus, Left Jesus, & Now Lives for Jesus
Katie’s Hope for a Forever Marriage

About Jennifer O. White

I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.

4 Replies

  1. So encouraging, Melinda!  Thank you!

    1. Anonymous

      Thanks for taking the time, during this busy season, to read this Haelie.

  2. Marsha Spicer

    Melinda-we were “Twitter friends” but I’ve totally gone back to FaceBook. As I read you actually came to mind, remembering your having shared your story. Thx for the reminder that no matter what our circumstances are, with Jesus, THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE!!! So good to see you again.
    God Bless!!