One morning after getting out of the shower and walking across my bathroom, I happen to look down at my feet. Oddly my first thought is, they are beautiful. Weird. They are just average feet, not ugly, but far from beautiful.
Then this scripture runs through my mind, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation,
who says to Zion, Your God reigns,” Isa 52:7 ESV. I then start thinking, maybe there is something to this. I am going through a season of change, a season of a fresh anointing from and in the Lord. Maybe He is making my feet beautiful, not in a physical sense, but in the spirit realm.
These thoughts of feet and their beauty naturally lead me to look at what the Bible had to say about feet in particular. In the process I discovered in the KJV of the Bible, the word feet can be found 256 times in 239 separate verses. Who would have thought feet were that important to God. I mean, they are important to us. They are our main means of transportation. Your car can carry you around to different places, but you must get to the car and then out of it. We run, jump, skip and dance on our feet. And sometimes we use them for destructive purposes, to kick and the trip, to trample on.
I would like to share now what I learned from scripture and what it has to say about feet. This will not be an exhaustive study on feet, just a few things I noticed as I searched.
Besides the literal meaning of the word feet, we find it used in scripture many times as symbolic of something else. This is called a metonym, which comes from the Greek and literally means a changing of a name.
- Movement or to be in motion; Ps 119:105, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” This verse is a figurative movement. A movement within our spirit towards and in God. It speaks of God’s guidance as we walk with Him. It reminds me daily that God will indeed give me the light I need that day to walk with His path. Most of the time I have the light I need for that day and that day alone. Don’t misunderstand, I may know in my spirit where God is leading me, but I don’t usually know the path. If I went the path I thought was correct, headed in the direction I thought was right, I am sure I would end up anywhere but where He intended. I need enough light on my path for today only and sometimes for the moment only.
- Subjection in love: Ruth 3:4, “Be sure to notice where he lies down; then go and uncover his feet and lie down there. He will tell you what to do.” When researching the Jewish traditions of that time, I found this concerning her uncovering his feet and lying down there: Under Jewish tradition the right place for her to do this is at his uncovered feet (symbolic of her willingness to place herself under his authority (under his wing, or garment). She had to uncover his feet as a further way to show her desire to be in this position). Ancientpath.net Picturing this makes my soul sing! I imagine lying at the feet of Jesus, those beautiful nail scarred feet and putting myself in total subjection out of love. Knowing that in doing this I come under His wing!
- The subjection of our enemies to us when we are children of The Most High God! Ps. 91: 13, “Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.” We talked about subjecting ourselves in love, but what about the subjection of our enemies to us, through the power of God? We are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus our Lord!
- Adoration – In Luke 7, we find a beautiful picture of love and adoration for our Lord. Mary entered the home of Simon a Pharisee where Jesus was reclining at the banquet table. She proceeded to show her love and gratitude to Jesus through the washing of His feet with her tears, then drying them with her hair and anointing them with oil. She humbled herself, publicly placing herself in a servant’s role at the feet of Jesus, offering up a sacrifice of love. Writing this I thought back to Ruth when she uncovered the feet of Boaz and laid there. This feels so much the same. Mary was indeed placing herself under His wing! “And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.” Luke 7:37, 38
- Hospitality – A little further down from the above scripture, during the same banquet, Jesus confronts Simon about his lack of hospitality when He entered his home. After a short conversation, Jesus says the following to Simon. “And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint, but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.” Luke 7:44-46. In the oriental culture, it was customary for the host to offer his guests water for washing his feet. Usually, a servant would assist by pouring water upon the feet that would be held over a basin. The servant would then rub the guest’s feet with his hands and dry them with a towel.
- Service/Humility – Jesus taught his disciples service by washing their feet during the Passover. They had been so worried about who was the greatest, that the One who was indeed The Greatest, humbled Himself and showed them true servanthood. “So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.” John 13: 4,5
Do you want your feet to be beautiful? Look back at the above references to feet and ask yourself the following questions.
- Are you in motion and moving forward with the Lord?
- Have you subjected yourself to Him in love?
- Are you enemies in subjection to you through the power of God?
- Do you show love and adoration to our Lord and Savior? When was the last time you sacrificed for Him?
- Are you showing hospitality to those who need it most?
- Do you serve in humility? Or do you want people to see your service and give you kudos?
Going back to the thought that went through my head, “My feet are beautiful,” I am not saying I do all the above, far from it. But I am saying I am making progress. The Holy Spirit is working in me right now to change me from the inside out. He is making me new with a fresh anointing. I believe my vision of my “beautiful feet” was just that, a vision of what my feet are becoming.
I believe as I follow my Lord in obedience and pattern my life as He has shown me, mold my dreams into His will and set my goals accordingly, He will indeed make my feet beautiful!