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Listen while you read: "For The Beauty Of The Earth"1 (Lyrics)
Proverbs 3:6 – In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. (NIV)
My feet are the key to my ability to walk, to go where I want to go, even to hold me upright. They work hard — arguably harder than most other parts of my body. On a good day, I barely even notice them. When all is going well, I don't pay them a lot of attention.
My feet have been feeling tight lately — not sore, but I notice them at the end of the day and when I first get out of bed in the morning. The skin is getting thick and rough, cracking at the heels — summer sandal feet. I notice this when I'm drying my feet. But when I walk out of the bathroom, already distracted by my day ahead, I have already forgotten about my feet again.
I sometimes treat God like I treat my feet. On a good day, or even an ordinary day, I take Him for granted. He'll be there; He always is. He'll carry me through; He always does. Most mornings and most evenings, I notice Him, maybe even spend a little time with Him. But often, I am not aware of Him in the day until something draws my attention to Him. God is the foundation of my life; without Him, I could not stand. Even as I know this, I neglect to do what would make my relationship with Him stronger. I let myself get distracted by life, pulled away from giving attention and worship to Him, just as I neglect to care for my feet, the foundation of my physical body, the essential elements in letting me walk, quite literally, in this world.
It is easy to take for granted what is dependable, and nothing in life is as dependable as our God. Let us spend some time today noticing God, where He is faithful and present — and under-recognized — and thank Him for His constancy.
Prayer: Dear Lord, we are quick to turn to You when we are hurt or in need. But when all is going well, we take the firm foundation of Your faithfulness for granted. We love You, Lord, and we thank You for being dependable, for never failing, and for always being present. Help us to remember what a gift that is, even on ordinary days. Amen.