My Feet Hurt

My feet hurt a lot! I have had several surgeries on both feet and they hurt in varying degrees of
“ouch” all the time. If I have been on my feet a lot I also have lots of swelling. This makes walking very difficult at times, but it has me thinking about Jesus and his disciples and all the walking they did; did their feet hurt? Did they ever wish they could just stop, stay home, put their feet up and say: “fix it yourselves!!”

It is what many people today do, feet hurting is a valid excuse for not going somewhere or doing a particular thing, right? Trust me there are times I have wanted to say no, I cannot do this today, maybe another day, or another the thought of not only standing on my feet but moving for any length of time has made me feel sick to my stomach. Here are a few scriptures concerning feet and their
importance.

Romans 10:25
“And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

Isaiah 52:7
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

And in John 13:6-10 we see Jesus washing the disciple’s feet. 6 “He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” 7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” 8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” 9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!” 10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean.”

When I think of the hard, dusty ground that my Savior walked and the miles he went to show his love I am humbled and grateful. I am sure there were many times when his feet and those of the disciples must have been aching from the endless miles they had to walk and the rough terrain they had to walk over. We are told in Psalm 22:16 about Jesus feet being pierced, I cannot imagine that kind of pain, yet he did it for me. When the hammer slammed down on that huge nail and it split his skin and went through his foot into the wood of the cross what agony must he have felt? Love held him on that cross.

I am reminded that a little pain now is worth it when you are showing the love of Christ to someone in word and deed. Sure, maybe my feet will hurt, but at the end of it, I have a warm tub to soak them in. There are things we do in life that bring us so much pleasure that we do not count the cost or the pain. Jesus certainly didn’t! I like to think that Jesus sees the sacrifice, and his heart smiles when I do it anyway. Though very mild in comparison to the agony he felt, it is still a sacrifice of pain at times. Maybe he thinks of how many times his feet ached while serving those around him. I want to be like him spreading love and serve as many as He puts in my path. If that means a little physical pain has to accompany it than so be it. His word tells me that his grace is sufficient in all circumstances from heartache to “footache!”

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