My feet stand on level ground;
in the great congregation I will praise the Lord.
I don't do high heels. Oh, if you were to look in my closet, you might think otherwise. There they hang, neatly arranged on a cloth shoe rack. Black and white and beige ones, and two pair of boots to boot!
But, these are saved only for those very special occasions which call for dressing to the nines. Occasions when I hope and pray I will not have to stand on my feet very long or walk any distance to get where I am going. Because, I know the ensuing discomfort is inevitable.
Pinched toes. Aching arches. Wobbly, weary ankles.
Every step I take ushers in a fresh, excruciating wave of pain. And, I think, like the character, Mrs. Doubtfire, in the movie of the same name, "Whoever invented high heels must have been a masochist!"
Really and truly, I abhor high heels so much that, when I wear them for my daughter's wedding ceremony, they are off my feet the moment I'm in the car and headed for the reception. I'll dance in flats, thank you!
The only elevated shoes I can tolerate are my slightly-raised flip flops. My "high-heel sneakers". Even those become aggravating after I wear them too long. I am having one of those episodes of irritation with them one Sunday when my husband, Danny, and I are leading contemporary worship at our church.
Take them off!
What??? Barefoot in church? What will people think?
Remove your sandals. This is Holy Ground!
Oh, wow! Really? It's okay? Well, if you say so . . .
I slip the shoes off as unobtrusively as possible. My feet embrace with gratitude the soft, plush carpet beneath them. I feel immediately relieved. Balanced. Focused.
A welcome wave of fresh confidence and awareness washes over me. I am on level ground!
And, in the great congregation, I praise the Lord with song like never before.
What type of shoe do you like to wear?
Will you pray with me?
We thank You, Father, for creating us in Your image. Let us be kind to and appreciate the bodies You have given us, for they are the precious, earthly vessels which carry our heavenly souls. Amen.