Before you judge me, let me explain. Every night in Costa Rica we go to bed with dirty feet. You see we usually wear sandals, Chacos and Crocs (don’t judge me again). Our floors get cleaned often, but we are not living in a land with sealed windows and plush carpet.
Trust me, it doesn’t matter if I take another shower at seven at night, because by the time I go to bed there is a level of grossness all over my feet.
So, Laura and I decided that when we got back to the USA that we would get pedicures together for Christmas. Laura had been trying to get me to get a pedicure with her many times before, even taking pictures of big, bulky, tattooed men getting pedicures beside her. This time it didn’t take much convincing. I was not even sure that my feet were white anymore.
Just to clear the air, a pedicure is not all about getting your nails done. I was impressed. I got to sit in a massaging chair for 30 minutes, watched TV without kids wanting to change the channel, had my feet and legs massaged, and watched amazed as the lady took a cheese-grater to my heels. It was very impressive.
I walked out of that place feeling like I had conquered the world. My feet were clean and actually were white! Nasty callouses were gone and I could hear the Hallelujah Chorus ringing.
Fast forward just a few days later and I’m back in Costa Rica with my feet looking like this again:
The Hallelujah Chorus was gone and I was back to my dirty feet.
Honestly, I always thought my feet were ugly. In the eighth grade I played the part of Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit for a school play. They glued hair all over the tops of my feet. Unfortunately, today they would not have to do that.
In the seven months of living in Costa Rica, I have been reminded of these verses from Romans 10:14-15:
14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
This passage always gives me hope. Why? Because feet are dirty. Throughout life we pick up different things as we walk the path that the Lord has us on. We walk through disappointment, failure, financial issues, rejection, loss, grief, embarrassment, struggles, family problems, etc… And yet God still chooses to use each of us and calls us to carry the Good News of Jesus Christ everywhere that we go!
You may have a wart on your toe, a toenail that looks funky, or Hobbit hair growing on your toes, but God says if we bring His Good News, we have beautiful feet.
So regardless if your feet are covered up in shoes, tip-toeing through ocean sand, freshly pedicured, or if you have toe warmers on just trying to get through winter, know that God has called you to share the Good News right where you are! Don’t let your insecurities keep you from doing what God has called us all to! We have beautiful feet, so let’s share the Good News of Jesus Christ!