Friends! I learned a new, fantastic-n-fun phrase this week. The crazy thing is the phrase popped off a page I was reading in a book I’ve read more than once. Huh? How did I miss this?
The phrase is barefoot hope. Its inspiration came from a winsome and bright four-year-old little girl.
Author Kay Swatkowski had her four-year-old granddaughter, Nikki, over for a visit. It was a cool, crisp spring day. Kay had just let Nikki out in the backyard to play. Within seconds, she noticed Nikki had plopped down on the ground, immediately taking her shoes off and “flinging her socks through the air.”
(This story comes from Day 43 of a Grandmother’s Prayers: 60 Days of devotions and prayer. This is one of my favorite daily reads, thanks to my sis-in-love, Margee, who gave it to me when our little Claire Elizabeth was born. I read it, and when I complete the 60 days, I start all over. It’s a superb gift for new grandmothers!)
Kay said Nikki was barefoot and dancing with joy. Nikki hollered to her, “Grandma, where is my pool? Can Papa put up the swing? Summer is here!”
Kay told her summer wasn’t here yet, that it was too cold, and she best put those shoes and socks back on. Clearly determined and overly astute (!!!) Nikki said, “But Grandma, look at the trees! Summer is here.”
Kay couldn’t argue with that as many of their maple tree’s branches were dotted with green buds. Nikki correlated the buds with summer.
Kay said, “Nikki was filled with hope. Barefoot hope—a hope that made her act in faith on the promise of warmth, sunshine, and hours on a swing.”
We readers are then shown Jesus’ words in Matthew 24:32,
Kay said Jesus “shared this parable to encourage His followers to be as observant about watching for the signs of His coming as they were about anticipating the coming of summer.”
As if reading my mind, Kay confesses she wishes she had a barefoot hope not only for the coming of summer, but more importantly for His coming, Jesus’ return. She said her hope is “more of a wouldn’t-it-be-nice hope that does little to change my daily life.” My excuse is I simply forget. Ouch!
Now she shows us how to tie this subject to our grandchildren, defining barefoot hope as a prayer for them, praying they will:
“Hope in His promises.
Hope in their future.
Hope that God will always be with them, even in their struggles.
Hope for forgiveness.
Hope for divine intervention.
Hope for healing hurts and broken relationships.
Hope that Jesus is coming again to right the wrongs of this world and to take us to live with Him.
…as they trust in Him, they will overflow with a barefoot hope that makes them sing and dance with joy.”
Kay’s love for God and His Word permeates all of the pages of her book. She blesses us readers with numerous Scriptures which pertain to the day’s subject matter, and in this case, hope of all kinds.
To learn more about Kay’s book, CLICK HERE for my post from last August.
Run, don’t walk, and grab this book! And kick your shoes off while you’re at it!
‘Til next time!