I hold back my feet from every evil way, in order to keep your word. Psalm 119:101
I ‘m a klutz by nature. My husband is always telling me to watch my feet and chides my mother’s memory of bringing me up to hold my head high and look ahead (yeah, I had to practice the book on the head posture erect thing as a child). Inevitably I seem even now to trip, stub my toes or step in something on a regular basis.
Our spiritual feet can lead us down paths we do not mean to go. We look blindly ahead at lofty dreams or intriguing ideas or tempting deals and start walking. Maybe if we looked down as we knelt first and asked direction, we’d stub our toes less, trip up less and not step in stuff.
A few more verses down, the pslamist says the passsage so well known and even sung about –
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. (vs 105).
God lights our path, just enough for us to see where to take the next step, then the next. If we keep our eyes on His light, and our feet on that narrow path where the Light of His Truth is shining, we’ll be missing a lot of obstacles in the way and a bunch of evil stones to trip us. We might also avoid some of the gunk we end up in, oozing up between our toes. Nasty stuff like pride, jealousy, prejudice and fear – quagmires that can keep us spiritually stuck and vulnerable to attack.
Question- where are your feet leading you today? Unless you have been on your knees and asking direction, you may not be looking at where you are going.