Where Are Your Feet?


Frederick Buechner, in his book The Alphabet of Grace, writes

“I say that feet are very religious too. She says that’s what you think. I say that if you want to know who you are, if you are more than academically interested in that particular mystery, you could do a lot worse than look to your feet for an answer. Introspection in the long run doesn’t get you very far because every time you draw back to look at yourself, you are seeing everything except the part that drew you back, and when you draw back to look at the part that drew back to look at yourself, you see again everything except for what you are really looking for. And so on. Since the possibilities for drawing back seem to be infinite, you are, in your quest to see yourself whole, doomed always to see infinitely less than what there will always remain to see. Thus, when you wake up in the morning, called by God to be a self again, if you want to know who you are, watch your feet. Because where your feet take you, that is who you are.”

Our feet take us places. The places our feet take us say a lot about us. I wonder where my feet will take me today???

When our feet stop working, it gets harder to get around. Yet, I have friends whose feet no longer work, yet they are being led to great places. For instance, I have a friend whose feet no longer work that visits people in the hospital and nursing homes on an almost daily basis. His “feet” are taking him great places. I have a friend whose feet don’t work as well as they used to and yet he is always there to help those in need.

And, this morning, my feet are comfortably propped up on the coffee table as I type words, read the paper, watch the news, and sip my third cup of coffee. Yes, our feet definitely say a lot about who we are!

Isaiah 52:7- How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns!

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