Today, I put my shoes back on. Alert the media. I had not had them on my feet in a few days. Instead I have been schlepping around in bedroom slippers, or fuzzy socks, or plain old bare feet.
Why? Or more to the point, who cares?
Point taken. The thing is, I have been sick. That awful pestilence - no, not Ebola or the bubonic plague, although it felt like it - but rather the common stomach flu. You know, the kind where first you are afraid you are going to die, and then you are afraid you might not. That kind.
However, I am now recovered, and I know this not because the fever and chills are gone, nor because the Advil has been stowed away. No, I am sure I am well because I felt good enough to put on my shoes and do something. Anything. Anything other than lying around feeling icky.
When your feet are well-shod you can do just about anything. Ask the Apostle Paul, he knew. He wrote about it in Ephesians when he told us to put on the armor of God.
"... and having your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace..."
When you have good feet and the proper foot wear almost anything is do-able. Some people have problems getting their shoes on, though. My mother had a thing called a hammertoe. It was awful. That thing was so bad that she could be heading north and her toe would be pointing east. She limped badly because of it.
There are also some common "spiritual foot ailments" that can cause our feet to be poorly prepared to spread the good news of peace.
Corns of criticism - Oh, maaaan, these little things can hurt, and yet they are originally caused by friction on the toe - constant rubbing the wrong way. About the only treatment, for feet that want to be prepared for peace is to refuse to criticize others, and refuse to allow other's criticism of us to 'rub us the wrong way."
Bunions of bitterness - Pointy-toed shoes are often the culprit here. Pointy at this one who "done us wrong" - or pointy at that one, who "just didn't understand" - etc. Bunions are no joke, they can be so crippling that they require surgery. Bitterness is just as seriously injurious to our spiritual walk.
Hammertoe of hatefulness - James tells us that we "bite and devour one another" and end up hating one another because we want what we don't have. Hard to spread peace when we are limping with resentment.
Fallen arches of failure - Otherwise known as having "flat feet" - the military is well-known for refusing to allow people to serve if they have flat feet. Fallen arches - guilt, remorse, depression over past failure is not from the Prince of Peace.
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Personally, I am soooo thankful to be up and around again that even my old black Reeboks look pretty good to me. Hoping to spread a little peace today. Hope you have avoided any of the dread foot conditions mentioned above and that you have a peaceful day, too. Until next time ~ Marsha