God’s Word for Today: Feet. Yes, it could be foot, but feet have twice as much merit, so we will address our feet for today. Our feet are a very important part of our daily lives. So much can be affected by what our feet are doing.
If you are blessed to still have feet and the use of them, that is good. For those whose have lost a foot, or feet, or due to some accident or disease no longer have the ability to utilize your feet, you might actually be able to appreciate today’s word even more.
It is amazing how important feet are, but how little attention they actually receive. Nothing feels better than being able to take your boots off after a hard day’s or night’s work. And ladies, I can’t imagine what your feet suffer through due to fashion having a priority over comfort. So the relief of removal of footwear is utmost satisfying. Maybe the only thing to surpass footwear removal, would be the actual elevation of said feet by means of an easy chair, ottoman, foot rest, end of couch, or ultimately bed.
Back in my Boot Camp days, I will never forget the first 3 weeks of what some would consider as being close to hell. You were physically and mentally taken apart by almost any means possible to see if you would break down and give up. The only time you were allowed to sit during the day was at meal time and classroom study. There was no relaxation. Only at the end of the day when lights out came, and you were allowed to lay in your rack, were your feet finally given a break. Oh man, was that a relief.
Or, the basketball camp I went to in Salina, Kansas. It was a very good basketball camp and I learned a lot. But, it was apparently run by someone or a few some ones who had been through boot camp. I had thought I was in decent shape before this mini basketball torture week. And, my legs and lungs told me so. For some reason though, my feet were not ready. We would do all kinds of drills and technique work during the day and at night, we would then play several full court games. At half time and at the end of each game, I would run into the bathroom, take my shoes off, and one at a time, stick my feet in the sink and run cold water on them to cool them off. Finally, at the end of the week, my feet calloused over and I was able to go full speed again without pain.
Funny ending to this story, I was given the “Most improved player” award at the end of the camp. To the coaches, my talents had finally aroused their attention the last night of games at the camp. Previously they hadn’t even noticed me. They thought their coaching had really made a vast improvement. I will not say their coaching didn’t help because it was excellent and most useful. But only I knew that the truth of my rise to stardom was the fact that my feet had finally allowed me to play to the upmost of my abilities. No more foot pain is an amazing relief.
Job 18:8. His feet thrust him into a net; he wanders into its mesh.
Think about the times in your life you felt like you were caught in a net. It was not a good thing. You might have even considered the possibility that you would never escape that net. You were tangled up in a mess of twists and knots that kept you bound up to certain disaster. Most of us only remember the struggle of trying to escape the net we were caught up in. We never think much about the steps our feet took to get us in the middle of that net. Something worth considering there. The review of each step our feet took, that led to our troubles, might actually prevent us from doing it again.
It has taken me a very long time to realize this little detail. I one way or another, escaped the net. Every time it was with God’s help. Thus, I took off on the good path again. I was following God’s direction. He and I were starting to work as a team. Each time it was getting better and my relationship with God was growing. Then, those dang nab feet of mine would decide to once again take a path that was of this world. Sooner or later, back in the net. Oh Lord, will I ever learn?
Today, realize even if you no longer have feet or the use of them, you still are daily taking a spiritual walk. You, yourself are choosing each and every step your life is taking. You might be walking in total spiritual pain. You might be already tangled up in the middle of the net. But today, you can choose to start pointing your feet in a better direction. Or, realize your mental feet are trying to take you back down a wrong path. Pay attention to your choices. Hear the words that are taking steps out of your mouth. Are the feet of your Spirit going in His direction? Psalm 66:9. He has preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping. Today would be a good day to set your feet on their solid path…………
Prayer: Dearest Heavenly Father, director and leader of all Good. Forgive me for the wrong direction my feet have often taken me. Just like the tiny rock that is in my shoe that irritates me all day, but I am too lazy, or too busy, or too distracted to remove that little rock, the feet of my life are being ignored. I am sorry that I have to reach the ultimate limits of pain and emptiness before I pay attention to my feet. Lord, today I ask that you surround my feet with a new pair of shoes. Shoes that will help keep me in the right direction. Shoes that will give my feet the strength to follow you. In Jesus’, whose feet laid the perfect path for me, name I pray. Amen.