Do You Have Beautiful Feet?

8 Jul

Bare Feet and SandMy (Dawn’s) friend and former employer, Lamar Keener at the Christian Examiner, has such wit. I often laugh at his puns on Facebook. A few days ago, he decided it was “time for another round of pun fun.”

Lamar wrote on Facebook, “In a Podiatrist’s office: ‘Time wounds all heels.”

A man responded to his post, “Did you hear about why the podiatrist would not see the guy with a prosthetic leg? He was afraid the patient wouldn’t be able to foot the bill.”

Lamar then wrote, “Is that going to be the sole response?” And others wrote:

  • “I’m getting a kick out of these posts!”
  • “Won’t take much to spur me on. Of course, that’s just my obunion.”
  • “I know I’m being a little callus here. Some might even say corn-e.
  • “The over-arching purpose of this discussion seems to have caught me flat-footed.”

And a final comment:  “Is this ingroan humor?”

I’ve probably heard hundreds of complaints about feet ~ I don’t know too many people who like them. I’ve always thought, “If I didn’t have my feet, I’d miss them.” As I watch or hear stories about returning military heroes who’ve stepped on mines and lost their feet ~ sometimes entire legs ~ I am indeed grateful that I have both of mine.

As I get older, it’s harder to walk sometimes. We all get aches and pains in our feet, sometimes as a result of improperly fitting shoes, high heels, or just regular “use and abuse.”

In Southern California, some people pretty much wear sandals all year, but I’m beginning to see more and more feet these days as the weather warms. Most people think their feet are ugly. Women try to pretty them up with nail polish or even little “jewels.”

I’ve decided that my feet will never be beautiful … except perhaps in a spiritual sense.

Romans 10:15 says, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” This New Testament verse refers to sharing (preaching) the good news of Christ. I can be a messenger of salvation ~ someone who brings tidings of gladness and joy because of what Jesus has done for us!

This verse  reminds me of an Old Testament scripture that expands on this thought of “beautiful feet” ~Isaiah Dirty Feet in Sandals52:7 says, “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!”

Think about it. Feet in Israel were dirty and dusty from traveling ~ pretty disgusting, actually. But feet that travel to bring good news; that’s a different story. I’m so thankful that the apostles and early saints were willing to get their feet dirty and travel all over the known world to spread the Gospel.

What this also means to me today is that as unattractive as I, the messenger might be, people are so desperate for the truth of God’s salvation that, when they long for God, they may think me “lovely” because of the message I bring. It’s not about me at all ~ it’s about the message! (But Paul and Isaiah talk about the blessing of the feet ~ symbolizing the messenger that faithfully evangelizes the world.)

Just look at the message in Isaiah. God’s messenger ~ a man or woman “on a mission” ~ brings:

  • Good news/good tidings ~ Don’t be ashamed of the good news. It’s wonderful. It’s life-changing!
  • A proclamation of peace ~ Jesus is our peace (Isaiah 53:5; Ephesians 2:14)
  • The proclamation of salvation ~ Jesus forgives us, redeems us! (Ephesians 1:7)
  • And the truth that our God reigns supreme! (Psalm 46:10; Isaiah 14:24)

A beautiful message. A joyful message!  Do you have beautiful feet? May our walk with Father God always be beautiful.

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One Response to “Do You Have Beautiful Feet?”

  1. Bob Campbell July 8, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    Being I’ve spent cosiderable time offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, and having some close calls on my boat, then hearing stories of others capsizing or stranded with no communications, the scriture ‘How beautiful are the feet of them who bring good news”, becomes more real. If your million dollar yatch (a very beautiful boat)capsizes, you’re 50 miles offshore holding on to floating debris for days or even hours. When an old, rusty, stinky shrimp boat comes your way, you will get a new revelation of why feet can be descibed as ‘beautiful’.

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