Some people have beautiful feet with dainty toes and smooth skin. I am not one of them. As you can see from the picture above, mine are large and my toes are fat, and my husband, Will, says my second toe is king of the toes — horror of horrors. In fact, I keep my toenails painted and my calloused heels uber-moisterized to prevent them from being mistaken for man feet. But my ugly-feet complex took a hard blow just the other day when my first grader, Nate, had an assignment concerning feet. He was to trace each family member’s foot and then cut it out. According to Nate, and his questionable scissoring, my feet are as large as Will’s (who is six-foot-four) with the gnarliest toes imaginable. My footprint from Nate’s pattern just screamed out Sasquatch. I was so glad Nate was able to share his artistry with his whole class!
But the Bible has a very different view on feet. In Romans, Paul says, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (10:15)
Paul is actually quoting from Isaiah, who wrote, “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation.” (52:7)
I love that imagery of a person scaling the mountain to bring good news, to proclaim peace, to bring good tidings and the message of salvation. Scaling a mountain takes effort; it implies sacrifice. But people on the other side crave hope and salvation. They need good news. They’ve searched for peace and have not found it.
The symbolism still applies today. There are many people we encounter everyday who need to know that Jesus loves them, that He provides meaning and hope for their everyday lives. May we be willing to bring good news, to proclaim peace, to bring good tidings, and proclaim salvation? In short, may we have biblically beautiful feet!