Deep down my sock has slid off in my shoe

One of my Facebook ‘friends’ posted this on her time line, how would you react?

All of the comments on the post were responses which supposed that her sock had actually come of in her shoe. Now maybe that’s the truth, perhaps it is nothing more than one of those days when your actual sock has come off your actual foot in your actual shoe.


Maybe it’s a comment on her life. That’s how I took it. That it was one of those times where we appear to be ok on the outside but somewhere deep down our metaphorical sock has come off our shoe of life. The only person who knows it is us and we are conscious of it every step we take but we keep smiling and pretending that everything is ok.

Of course the sensible thing would be to stop, take off the shoe and correct the sock – only life isn’t always that simple and I am going to push this analogy as far as I possibly can because for five or more years I think I walked around with my metaphorical sock coming off and I was too scared to put it right.

The problem with dysfunctional socks is that you are the only one who knows, in the beginning anyway. Every step you take reminds you that something is not quite right. If ignored long enough it will cause us to limp and then others start to notice.

I now know what my sock was and is and I have written about it elsewhere but I wonder what yours is? Deep down do you know your sock has come off?

You know what I did? I stopped and I decided I didn’t like the socks anyway and I would rather go barefoot.



In the morning there was Leah

Rachel and Leah

Some thoughts on Genesis 29 Leah and Rachel

Leah’s father Laban had tricked Jacob into marrying his oldest daughter Leah. Quite how it took until the morning for Jacob to realise that he had married the wrong woman is beyond me, however here is what we know about the two women in this story.

Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful.

So we know that Rachel was more beautiful than Leah, certainly from Jacob’s point of view.

We also know that Leah loved Jacob and was loyal to him. The names of her six sons’ reveal her longing that Jacob would love her in return.

Although we are told that Jacob loved Rachel, nowhere does it say that she loved him, in fact when you read the story you see that Rachel wasn’t a particularly nice person. For all her outward beauty she lacked inner grace.

Even though Leah lacked Rachel’s good looks she had an inner beauty and peace that was seen by God. We are told that God saw Leah and had compassion on her and she conceived.

The story in Genesis tells us that it is through Joseph, Rachel’s first son, that the family are saved from the famine however it us through Judah, Leah’s son that the line of Jesus continues.

God is not impressed with our filtered Facebook selfies but with our hearts.