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“Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made!” Psalm 139: 13-14
Our feet – what incredible design! They’re made up of 26 bones that walk on the average of 65,000 miles in a normal lifetime. And what abuse they take – leaps, kicks, heavy stress, and then we squeeze them into shoes that no human was ever meant to wear. The skin on the soles of your feet is thickened for this daily abuse, so conditioned that the tips of your fingers are 125 times more sensitive. But wait until you get a tiny pebble in your shoe. Take care of your feet, friends. They take you where you need to go.
Psalm 40: 1-2 – I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
Read this again and pay attention to the word feet. Notice God doesn’t seat us on the rock. He puts our feet on a firm rock, a place from which to launch.
Take a moment to read John 13:1-17. In this passage, we see Jesus performing the act of a servant when he washes his disciples’ feet.
In Bible times, people’s feet were caked with mud and dirt – not having the protection of shoes as we know them. It was the role of a servant to see to it that the feet of the guests were cleaned. Jesus here assumes this role of the servant. To place our feet in the basin for Jesus to wash them is to place the filthiest parts of our lives into his hands. But think about it. Our feet give us our foundation, they allow us to stand, they allow us to move, and they provide balance. So when Jesus cleans our feet, not only is He cleaning the filth from our lives, He is cleaning up those things that give foundation, those things which give us purpose to move, those things that provide balance in our lives. He cleanses our thoughts, our belief system– so you might say we’ve been cleaned up from head to toe.
So I ask you – where are your feet taking you today?
Prayer: Lord, you gave me feet so that I could move. Thank you that your Word is a lamp for my feet, giving me light and direction. Help me to use my feet to follow you today. Amen
Phyllis Clark Nichols grew up in the deep shade of magnolia trees in Georgia and weaves her Southern culture into character-driven stories that explore profound human questions. She is a classically trained musician and enjoys art, books, nature, cooking, travel, and ordinary people. After retiring as a cable network executive, Phyllis began leading mission teams to orphanages in Guatemala and now serves on three nonprofit boards, where she works with others who are equally passionate about bringing hope and light to those who need it most. Phyllis and her husband live in the Texas Hill Country.