The Rainbow Converse Sneaker and the Judgment of God

Back in the 80’s I was employed by Frank Marzullo Jr.  Many of you not only know  Frank Jr. but his deceased father, Frank Sr.  Both Franks have been mightily used of  God in deliverance ministry.

In those years, Frank Jr. had a successful shoe store business called “Just Sneakers.” In the North Miami area, “Just Sneakers” boasted of four busy outlets.

Frank’s  philosophy was beautiful.  Evangelizing and ministering to a customer took first place before selling him a pair of shoes. Frank would be sure that each box contained a salvation track.  We prayed and preached for many people and attested to countless miracles and healings. God honored Frank’s heart and his shops prospered.

Converse sneakers were a big hit with our clientele. They were “Just Sneakers” bread and butter item.

Converse came out with their Rainbow Sneaker which became a hot Christmas item.

Just Sneakers store hours were Thursdays through Sundays.

Thursdays, was our slow day. We’d clean the shops, place new orders and calculated the inventory for the weekend.

I was the manager of an outlet and was consolidating racks of shoes.

Several merchants breathlessly sprinted into my store yelling, “Some kids have stolen your shoes!”

“Where are they?” I anxiously retorted.

“Its two guys and they are out the door already”

I felt a surge of God’s righteous anger well up.  No one was going to steal shoes from us.

I was the only one in my store. I asked a few of the store keepers to watch it as I ran after the thieves.

“These guys are big, Jose, maybe you should let them take the shoes!,” one said.

I would have none of this. God was angry and so was I.

I dashed out the door.

In the distance there were two guys carelessly strolling with two Converse  boxes under their arms. If they had sprinted out the door, they would be suspects, but a casual walk goes unnoticed.

I can’t remember if they were our Rainbow Sneakers.

Out of breath I caught up with them.

My fellow merchants were right. These guys were both over six feet tall. Easily, they could have played basketball.

“God is going to judge you for stealing these shoes!” I snapped at them.

“Don’t you know that God is watching what you did?”

“What are you going to tell Him when you meet Him?”

“What about your mother who prays for you?’’ “God is going to tell her!”

There was a dead silence in heaven.

I must confess that for a second I thought that these guys would jump me.

“Okay”, said one guy nonchalantly, handed me over the two Converse boxes and walked away.

Victoriously, I came back still out of breath with shoes in hands.

The merchants were shocked. Frank had come back. He laughed at God’s miracle but said, “Jose, I did not want you to get hurt, next time let them take the Converse.”

I had had a righteous indignation like King David’s when he killed Goliath.

1Sa 17:26  And David spoke to the men who stood by him, saying, “What shall be done to the man who killeth this Philistine and taketh away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”

Even if it’s just a pair of Rainbow Converse Sneakers, God does not let men get away with evil deeds forever.

This is my expectation for America.

If God looked out for Frank’s sneakers, He will look out for my country if good men and women pray and faint not.