Doesn’t God have a great sense of humor? One of the kindergarteners in our Christian school had asked his teacher for help to put on his winter boots, and the teacher could see why. For the next several minutes, she pulled and pushed the boots, but they wouldn’t fit on the boy’s feet.

After much struggling, the teacher finally pulled the boots on the boy’s feet. She was all worn out and more than a little bit upset. Then the little boy said, “They’re on the wrong feet.” Her heart sank. She looked, and sure enough the boots were on wrong.

It wasn’t any easier getting the boots back off, but the teacher was able to switch the boots and put them on the right way. But then the child said, “These aren’t my boots.”

Once again, the teacher struggled to take the little boy’s boots off. At this point, she was ready to call it quits. Then the boy remembered, “These are my brother’s boots, but my mom wanted me to wear them.” The teacher didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.

Somehow, the teacher mustered up the courage to wrestle the boots on the boy’s feet again. She asked him, “Where are your mittens?”

“I stuffed them in the toes of the boots.”

Sometimes we need reminders to humble ourselves before God. We are confronted with situations beyond our control and can do nothing but trust God. That’s exactly where God wants us because we are His children. He wants us to be as dependent upon Him as a child is dependent upon his mother.

Are you worried because a situation in your life isn’t working out the way you think it should? It may be because you’re not totally trusting God. Do you believe He’s in charge? Humble yourself and put the “boots” in His hands. He’ll put them on right—the first time.

Only by trust in God can a man carrying responsibility find repose. — President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder