Saturday, August 4, 2012

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. 

9 comments:

  1. Love the analogy, Edie! It saddens me to think of all the opportunities I've missed through the years. But with consistency and commitment, I'll be better prepared for future opportunities.

    You, my friend, have beautiful feet..and a beautiful heart.

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  2. Beautiful and so true!

    Thanks for the reminder Edie!

    Blessings!
    Dianne

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  3. Just what I needed to hear today. A very good reminder to soak in God's Word. So glad I found your blog.

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  4. Love this, Edie - drenched in the Word makes are feet "sandal ready' to spread His peace . . Thanks for the encouragement!

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  5. I needed this today! THANKS!

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  6. I was just thinking about this and asked a friend to pray with me about it. And she requested the same. Spending time with the Lord brings us closer to Him and more ready to share with others. Something for all of us to practice as we go about our days.

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  7. My feet should get together with your feet. I have the same issue, both in the foot department and the sharing department. I'm okay writing something on my blog that brings the gospel to light, but I tend to be gun shy when it comes to face-to-face encounters and sharing the gospel with someone I don't know.

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  8. I can relate to both, Edie. Thanks for sharing.

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