Wednesday, March 20
Before I knew I wanted to come to seminary, I wanted to be a podiatrist.
Yes, you read that right--I wanted to care for people’s feet. Unlike
the many people who think feet are disgusting, I love feet. I realize
this is an odd thing to admit in a Lenten devotional; but I think a good
case can be made for feet.
I like feet because I think that
our feet tell stories--stories of the places we have been, of the lives
that we lead, and of the trials that we have encountered. Some feet are
covered in calluses, bearing witness to the many years a person was a
runner or dancer. Some feet have mud stained soles even when washed,
because the person trudged barefoot down a mud road every day of his or
her life. Some bear scars, or crooked toes that tell of the pounding
that life has been for them. Some feet are perfectly manicured and
attest to the hope that tomorrow might bring the opportunity to kick up
one’s feet and relax. Our feet tell a story--a beautiful story of the
places we have been and the places we are going.
Yes, I love
feet. But, I am not alone in my appreciation of feet. God is also a fan.
Romans 10:15 says, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good
news!” This should be of no surprise to us--God has always loved
things that the world does not like. Yet, while I am not surprised by
God’s appreciation of feet, I am always struck by this verse. The feet
that brought the gospel to towns during the first century were likely
absolutely disgusting. Traveling in those days was not easy, and I can
only imagine how dusty and rugged somebody’s feet would be upon entering
a town after a long voyage. But, God takes one look at those callused,
dirt-caked, gnarly, broken-in feet and declares that they are
beautiful. These feet belong to somebody who suffered for the sake of
neighbors and enemies. These feet belong to somebody who was driven to
keep walking, even when the road got rough. These feet--these
disgusting feet--brought the gospel. And, for the story they tell,
these feet are beautiful. Thanks be to God.
Seminary Deacon Petra Wahnefried