FOOT. \ ˈfu̇t \ or plural FEET. \ ˈfēt \ : 1. the lower extremity of the leg below the ankle, on which a person stands or walks. Oxford Languages.
Feet. What comes to mind when you think of feet?
Corn chips. Stinky. Smelly. Toes. Soles. Shoes. Socks. Nail polish. Rings. 1 or 2. Prosthetics. None.
There are many words to describe feet, but for me recently the word was bare. Barefoot.
It started with a dream I had this week. I will spare you all the details because lately my dreams have been extra vivid, and I don’t think it is because of the veggie hot dogs I ate. No, this dream involved me losing my shoes.
I was running with a friend and somehow my shoes came off because I stepped in something, but I didn’t let it stop me. I continued to go about this dream barefoot. There were pivotal milestones to my life in this dream, where I would look down and notice that I was still barefoot. Now, in my head, why was I barefoot in these moments? Where were my shoes?
Finally, there was a moment in my dream where I arrived, at what looks to be a lost and found station. I knew that either someone had returned my shoes or I could just look for some there. However, I had to pay $20 dollars to get my shoes back, two Hamiltons for my shoes. I said under my breath, “yeah right if I’ll pay for my shoes”, but the woman in charge said even if I took them now without payment, I would have to come back. I’d have to pay for the shoes, regardless.
Then I woke up.
I was very perplexed by this dream, and I did not know where to start. Asking God first, I looked up what bare feet meant in Ira Milligan’s Understanding the Dreams You Dream.
Here’s the excerpt:
Barefoot = Without preparation; without understanding; without protection; without salvation; novice (as in “tenderfoot”); easily offended (as in tender feet). Milligan, Ira; Milligan, Judy. Understanding the Dreams you Dream (p. 161). Destiny Image. Kindle Edition.
My first thought was, “God, what are you trying to tell me?”
My second thought was Ephesians 6:15 (NKJV) which says, “ And having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;”. Now, what does shod mean? The word shod is the past tense of the word shoe, which means (of a person) to be wearing shoes of a specified kind or (for a horse) to fit with a shoe or shoes. Are you following me?
We, as believers, have the whole armour of God to wear from head to toe that helps us to “withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” (Ephesians 6:13). The part of our body that allows us to stand is the very thing we often forget: the foundation. If we don’t have the proper foundation, we will fall. Matthew 7:24-27 makes it plain to us. We have to build upon the rock, which is Christ Jesus, so when the rain, the floods, or the winds come, our house will withstand it.
Yet, we take off our shoes. We tell ourselves that in some situations it’s hard to put them on. “Oh, I’ll just skip out on them this once.” But, once turns into twice, twice turns into five times, then bi-weekly, then just on holidays. Now, we’ve been without our shoes for so long, we’ve misplaced them. Instead, we either have none or we’re walking in another pair. I’ll call them the Destructive 1s or what Proverbs 6:18b describes as “feet that are swift in running to evil “. For you shoe lover’s out there, you don’t want these.
At the end of the day:
Every shoe can’t walk the terrain of your life.
The Apostle Paul, by looking at the armor of Roman soldiers, knew the importance of every piece. The covering of the feet is just as valuable as the breastplate because in everyone’s armor they included it. You cannot be without the foundation as a soldier in Christ. Let alone, going back to my dream, we cannot expect to go through milestones of life and the in-between without Christ at the center. 1 Corinthians 3:11 reads, “ For no other foundation can anyone lay that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” Everything else will fail. Verse 13 notes, “each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by the fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.” If we know the Gospel is what withstands the test, let’s renew ourselves in the firm foundation so that we can stand again.
26 Give careful thought to the paths for your feet
and be steadfast in all your ways
Proverbs 4:26 NIV