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Iron Shoes for Rough Roads.

Iron Shoes for Rough Roads.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY J. R. MILLER


" Our feeble frame he knoweth,
Remembereth we are dust;
And evermore his face is kind,

His ways are ever just.
In evil and in blindness,

Through darkened maze we rove
But still our Father leads us home.
By strength of mighty love. "

— Margaret E. Sangster.
BY J. R. MILLER


" Our feeble frame he knoweth,
Remembereth we are dust;
And evermore his face is kind,

His ways are ever just.
In evil and in blindness,

Through darkened maze we rove
But still our Father leads us home.
By strength of mighty love. "

— Margaret E. Sangster.

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IRO SHOES FOR ROUGH ROADS. BY J. R. MILLER " Our feeble frame he knoweth, Remembereth we are dust; And evermore his face is kind, His ways are ever just. In evil and in blindness, Through darkened maze we rove But still our Father leads us home. By strength of mighty love. "  — Margaret E. Sangster. The matter of shoes is important. Espe- cially is this true when the roads are rough and hard. We cannot then get along without something strong and comfortable to wear on our feet. One would scarcely expect to find anything in the Bible about such a need as this. Yet it only shows how truly the Bible is fitted to all our actual life to discover in it a promise referring to shoes. In the blessing of Moses, pronounced before his death upon the several tribes, there was this 252 IR O SHOES FOR R UGH R OADS. 253 among other things for Asher: "Thy shoes shall be iron." A little geographical note will help to make the meaning plain. Part of Asher's allotted portion was hilly and rugged.
 
Common sandals, made of wood or leather, would not endure the wear and tear of the sharp, flinty rocks. There was need, therefore, for some special kind of shoes. Hence the form of the promise : '' Thy shoes shall be iron." Even the Bible words which took the most vivid local coloring from the particular circum- stances in which they were originally spoken, are yet as true for us as they were for those to whom they first came. We have only to get disentangled from the local allusions the real heart of the meaning of the words, and we have an eternal promise which every child of God may claim. Turning, then, this old-time assurance into a word for nineteenth-century pilgrims, we get from it some important suggestions. For one thing it tells us that we may have some rugged pieces of road before we get to the end of our life^journey. If not, what need would there be 254 IRO SHOES FOR R UGH ROADS, for iron shoes ? If the way is to be flower- strewn, velvet slippers, as Dr. McLaren some- where suggests, would do. o man wants iron-soled shoes for a walk through a soft meadow. The journey is not likely to be all easy. Indeed, an earnest Christian life is never easy. o one can live nobly and worthily with- out struggle, battle, self-denial. One may find easy ways, but they are not the worthiest ways. They do not lead upward to the noblest things. One reason why many people never grasp the visions of beauty and splendor which shine before them in early years is because they have
 
not courage for rough climbing. *' I reach a duty, yet I do it not, And, therefore, dimb no higher ; but if done, My view is brightened, and another spot Seen on my mortal sun ; For be the duty high as angel's flight — Fulfil it, and a higher will arise Even from its ashes. Duty is our ladder to the skies. And climbing not, we fall." We shall need our iron shoes if we are to make the journey that leads upward to the best possibilities of our life. IR O SHOES FOR R UGH R OADS. 255 But the word is not merely a prophecy of rugged paths ; it is also a promise of shoeing for the road, whatever it may be. One who is preparing to climb a mountain, craggy and pre- cipitous, would not put on silk slippers ; he would get strong, tough shoes, with heavy nails in the soles. When God sends us on a  journey over steep and flinty paths he will not fail to provide us with suitable shoes. Asher's portion was not an accidental one ; it was of God's choosing. or is there any accident in the ordering of the place, the con- ditions, the circumstances, of any child of God's. Our times are in God's hands. o doubt, then, the hardnesses and difficulties of any one's lot are part of the divine ordering for

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