I am known to walk barefoot in the most absurd places and no, I won’t tell you. you have to see me to believe it. Let’s just say that those who have seen me have either laughed or stared. I remember several years ago in the middle of a very intense series of events, my shoes couldn’t fit me because my feet were swollen. I was staying in a 5 star hotel with our main delegates and organising movement of the same.
I got back from errands and as I looked out of my sixth floor hotel window, I saw the choir’s van in the parking yet it should have been at another location. A call to the driver and the sound team at the venue sent me racing out of my room to the lobby before I even realised I was indeed barefoot. Imagine walking across the tiled floors of the hotel past the security guards into the parking. I saw them smile but it didn’t even hit me that it was because I was barefoot.
As I coordinated the group’s movements I walked onto a patch of grass, don’t worry there was not sign to keep off, and instantly felt intense relief flow through my body. Suffice it to say, that became my position for the next hour. I didn’t know what was going on but by the time we were done and walking back to my room, the pain in my body was significantly less and I was calmer.
A few years later I discovered grounding therapy.
Grounding therapy, also called earthing, is a therapeutic technique that involves doing activities that “ground” or electrically reconnect you to the earth. In the natural health circles, yes I am in those ones, there is a call to do things that our people did before the onset of western civilisation. Think about how our grand parents and some of our parents didn’t have shoes until later in their lives and they were fine. I used to think it was because they were poor but I see it differently today.
When I first heard about grounding I laughed my heart out until I tried it and it worked. The simple version of it is that we are made from ions and our bodies need to be alkaline and negatively charged but our lives work against us. We wear shoes with plastic soles that don’t allow us to dissipate the excess charges that we receive from our phones, computers, and all the electronics around us. Enter one day that I couldn’t find rest and spent time online wondering why. I decided to try walking barefoot or sitting outside with my feet on the ground to test the theory.
Stay with me, there is a point here.
The result wasn’t instant but gradual and contrary to sckeptic opinions, it is not made up. I was diligent at grounding for a while and lapsed for a while but this last week things changed. The current containment has me walking every day with the young king and one day I was sharing that I was feeling like a live wire and he asked me when I last grounded. Just like that, it clicked, so after walking I sat on the veranda of the house enjoying the feeling of my feet on the grass (more grass growing through the stones).
He run off to see grandma and I followed walking on the grass all the way and it was as if the charge was leaving my body. Today is day three and I must admit I feel less charged. I remembered that I stopped wearing a watch just after high school because I had a lot of static electricity in my system and how I avoided touching metal surfaces in the sun because I would get that spark. That short walk changed things for the young king and I because we have now added grounding back into our days with great improvements for both of us.
I then reflected back to life and my choices and boy oh boy…
What have I stopped doing because it takes a lot of manouvering to keep going? What changes do I need to make that I am avoiding because they will make me look mad? Where should I be headed that my mind has convinced me is too far and too hard? What small success can I look back onto and use as fuel for the next phase?
You see, starting and stopping isn’t beneficial. Small steps every day makes everything work, like eating an elephant one bite at a time. I think of Abraham right here. He was called and appointed so God led his father out of Ur of the Chaldeans to Haran where they set up a life and the old man died. God then called Abraham to follow him to a land that He would show him and Ab went. God promised a child and though they were old Ab believed. He was obedient even to taking three hundred and sixty men to fight five kings and rescue Lot.
There is no greater madness than those who are faithful to their call.
Each of us has an assignment on this earth that cannot be assumed or completed by another. This means that if I fail in my assignment God will always give me time to course correct but if I don’t He will assign it to someone else. If He reassigns it, I either exit the world or get put on the shelf as a pretty looking vase with no value. If I am shelved, it won’t matter how good my life looks because I am not bringing His Word to life.
So you ask; How do I remain relevant to God’s plan? It isn’t as hard as you think:
- Know the call or assignment: Be sure of the reason you are here and the outcome God is looking for through you.
- Prepare for the assignment: Understand that there is a process that will get me into place with every lesson and tool I need for my journey.
- Always remain connected: There is strength in the connection with God, the assigned travel companions, the people and life. The level of connection is determined by God and the outcome.
- Trust the process: Keep walking no matter what is going on because in the end, the process will always produce the right person when our hearts are in the right place.
Abraham had some detours long the way and he had to come back to the centre, think of the two incidents in Egypt with Sarah, Hagar and Ishmael too yet he never lost touch with God and his path. He remained teachable, correctable and committed; that is what make the difference.
Are you ready for this journey?
8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye.
9 Do not be like the horse or like the mule,
Which have no understanding,
Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle,
Else they will not come near you. Ps 32:8-9