for we walk by faith, not by sight [living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises] 2 Corinthians 5:7 AMP
I have done a lot of traveling in the last few years. I just returned from an 8-day trip to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. I experienced 6 flights, 3 airlines, 36+ flight hours, 9,500+ aircraft miles, multiple buses, shuttles, cabs, boats, countless miles of walking, and even a camel ride to boot. To do all this and do it well, you need a good pair of shoes. My shoes of choice are my leather Keds.
Shoes cover the feet and have a sole. I like to be cute, but comfort is paramount for my precious feet. They take a lot of pressure but if you take care of them, they will take care of you.
I have purchased the classic canvas Keds for many years. Leather Keds have simplified the cleaning process. They look and feel good. I purpose to always keep a pair in queue in my closet for they are an ever-present staple of my wardrobe. When extensive walking is required, I reach out for my Keds first. I have worn them uncountable times and events in my life. When my Man of God was hospitalized in critical condition on life support, I was front and center in my Keds. I wore these shoes every day, most of the day, day and night, night and day. They were on my feet or at the foot of my bed, chair, cot, waiting room, or ICU. I wore them making the multiple trips back and forth from home to hospital, from hospital room to hospital room, diagnostic tests, therapies, rehab, doctor’s visits, treatments, and pharmacy runs. They went through as I walked through and stayed on the wall interceding for my husband and best friend, walking by and standing in faith, battling for his healing and return home. My Trusted Assistant and I often talk and laugh about those days I wore out my Keds and for that matter a suitcase too. They were my war shoes.
Now, you understand that I like my Keds.
On my travels, I want to see sites but also learn, enjoy, and share. This trip was no different. I saw, enjoyed, and learned some things about the country, travel tips, and about me.
I saw and enjoyed the tallest building in the world, the largest mall in the world, the gold souk, the spice souk, the Persian Gulf, the cities of Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, museums, a ski resort in a mall, a camel ride, and dune bashing in the desert.
I learned that my resolution to always be on time paid off because I did not get left by the tour guide. And he left some people at the hotel and tour sites.
I also learned you can survive sand dune bashing with a smile on your face and without screaming yourself hoarse. Just shut your eyes when the vehicle ahead of you appears to drop off the cliff. I do this all the time when riding with my children.
I share with you the importance of cardio and strength training. You will need them to walk the miles in the airports from gate to gate, terminal to terminal, and sometimes a small window of time to make the fast dash to the next flight with your heavy luggage.
Additionally, review and adhere to the travel restrictions. You do not want your luggage searched, piece by piece, as some were. And you want to get in and out of the country expeditiously.
I needed my Keds to walk the largest mall and explore the tallest building. But they came in handy on the long, long, long walk to the mosque covered from head to ankles in 107-degree heat. Whew!
The trip was great, but my God is greater. He has covered me with His love and is renewing and restoring my soul. He is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path and when the pressures come, He is a very present help and always takes good care of me.
Enjoy the slideshow but know that there are so many more details and pictures to share about this trip. And share I will for years to come, all over the world, just me and my Keds.
As I have written before and I write it again. It is good to be gone but there is no place like home.
Harriet Noel Jones