Sunday, September 4, 2011

Weekend Worship—Beautiful Feet


How beautiful are the feet of the one who brings good news…Isaiah 52:7

Now that we’re at the end of summer, I’ve finally gotten my feet sandal-worthy. And believe me, it’s not been an easy task. I tend to have very dry skin anyway and the winter season, with the dry heat that comes with keeping the temperature comfortable indoors, wreaks havoc on my feet.

To repair the damage, I have to be very consistent in my routine and it takes time. It’s not something that just happens overnight. Each night I massage in heavy-duty lotion and then pull on a pair of cotton socks to sleep. After several weeks of immersing my feet, I’ve managed to smooth out the calluses and soften up the dry skin—just in time to go back to wearing socks and boots. And once again I’ve missed out on the opportunity.

Each year I promise myself it’ll be different. I’ll start my routine sooner and begin the summer with sandal-worthy feet. And each year I get busy, and summer sneaks up on me.

In the past, the same thing has happened when I’m faced with the opportunity to share my faith. I’ve meant to get prepared. I’ve had every intention of practicing and getting ready, but suddenly the situation has snuck up on me and caught me totally off-guard.

I’ve finally found the solution to this dilemma, and it’s not all that different from getting my feet ready for summer.

The ability to share my faith doesn’t come from memorizing a plan or even specific Bible verses. It comes from immersing myself in God and His Word. When I take time to soak in His truth and stay close to Him by reading my Bible, the words I need to share my relationship with Him flow freely. The time I’ve spent with Him have softened up the calluses on my heart and allowed the dryness of my spirit to overflow with the water of His Spirit.  

3 comments:

  1. Gulp. As one who has also struggled this year with neglected feet, I've been reminded that I haven't given the appropriate time to caring for my God-time, either. Thank you.

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  2. Funny, I'm still wearing my socks from last night. Bag Balm is a wonderful foot softener but like the friend who suggested it told me, "You have to use it for it to work." The past 2-3 weeks, I've been paying more attention to my feet and my quiet time, but God knows I need nudges and reminders. Thanks for this one.

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  3. As one who also has very dry feet that even crack in summer and winter, I can relate. "Repairing the damage" as you say, takes time and consistency. Society's values easily seep into my life, unfortunately. It takes discipline of prayer and reading His Word to remind me of what's true. Only then can I pass that on to others.

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