Recently, I was speaking with a colleague,Mary Beth, at the office cafeteria about starting a blog. She is a gifted and talented writer and I thought I could gain some incentive and tips from her on how to start blogging.She currently maintains four blogs, so she knows what she’s talking about. After a few moments talking with her, I was instantly encouraged.
As I left her and stepped onto the sandwich line, I overheard a conversation between two women discussing some event. One woman said “Oh, cool, the soles of my feet, I like that!” She was referencing a flyer in her hand. Well guess what? I liked it too. It resonated within me, so much so that it felt as if fireworks were going off all around me! I got super excited.
Where we walk, how we walk, and how we stand in life is what marks the soles of our feet, and also determines our destiny. It’s an everyday life journey that determines who we are, what we are made of, and how we measure up. Whether it’s in our jobs, our homes, with our family, our church or community, and our individual faith, it’s how we respond to life, to God. That in itself helps form who we are and who we are to become. It’s a plumb line that measures our character and tests our faith. It (the soles of My feet) is a faith walk. It’s a look into the soul and is a measuring rod that examines the heart against the word of God.
Where my feet take me, from a Christian perspective, is what this blog will be about.
So, naturally, when I got home after work, I looked up “the soles of My feet” and found the scripture in the book of Ezekiel. Chapter 43:6-7 reads, “Then I heard Him speaking to me from the temple, while a man stood beside me. And He said to me, “Son of man, this is the place of My throne and the place of the soles of My feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel forever.”
God was showing the prophet Ezekiel a vision of the temple where He would dwell. The temple was regarded as the footstool of God. In 1 Chronicles 28:2, the word footstool is a metaphor describing the Ark of the Covenant or the tabernacle as the earthly base of God’s activity and presence. It’s a place where He lays His feet.
If we examine the soles of our feet in respect to walking out a Christian faith, what will we find there?
- Are we resting or wrestling with God?
- Are we learning at His feet?
- Did you hurt yourself stepping on a stone and now find yourself limping along life and living in the past?
- Did someone drop a huge rock on your foot, and now that rock of offense has taken up territory in your heart?
- Has your life’s path been a walk on the beach? No substance? No truth?
- Do your feet need washing from walking your own desired path?
I think we all can use a foot washing from time to time. Perhaps, my aim in discovering “the soles of My feet” is the challenge to live out a lifestyle that models and resonates with the humility of following Christ. No more talking about it, but truly living it — a difficult journey indeed. So, what are you following? Where are your
steps leading you?
“Let us go into His tabernacle; Let us worship at His footstool.” Psalm 132:7
“God will make the place of His feet glorious.” (Is. 60:13)
So, my hope in this blog journey is that my walk and my words glorify the living God. And, that in the process, someone is blessed by what is in my heart to share, whether it’s my failures or successes. Wherever He takes me and leads me, step by step, I will follow.
Let the dance begin.