Monday, February 28, 2005

Feet

Everyone's talking about makeovers these days and yet when it comes to plastic surgery and tucks and augmentations, I haven't heard of anyone having their feet perfected. Not yet, anyway.

I have seen feet with bunions and I've seen feet with warts. I've seen toes that were bent over because they were shoved into too-small shoes for too many years, and I've seen toes that were straight. Some people have long skinny toes where the middle toe extends past their big toe and then others have toes that are just right. Feet are usually not our greatest feature, but God sees it differently.

See it's not the look of the feet that gives them beauty, but the use of the feet.

I think one of the most beautiful pairs of feet belonged to the apostle Paul. When we were in Israel, one of the things we realized was how hot and dusty it can get. When I think about Paul's feet, I imagine his sandals were pretty beat up and worn. I picture darkened divits pressed into the leather of the sandals where his toes were, one divit for each toe. I'd even bet only one sandal had working straps; the other probably flopped as he walked.

Paul no doubt had a few broken toenails and dust-covered, hairy toes under the dirty leather. Can you imagine what his sandals went through? Mile after mile through the harsh desert terrain. Stubbing his toe occasionally on a sharp stone or getting a twig stuck between his foot and his sandal.

Yet his were the most beautiful feet of his day. Every time he set out on a journey, he was giving his feet an extreme makeover!!

That's what the Bible says:

"How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!" Rom 10:15