Friday, July 19, 2013

Beautiful Feet

Last Sunday our pastor commissioned our VBS workers.  In his sermon he focused on the beautiful feet that take the Gospel to others and he shared about the armor of God and that the feet are "shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace" Ephesians 6:15

As he was sharing my mind connected with our daughter Olya.
Her feet are crooked and bent.  She is not able to use her feet to go anywhere.

She is currently in casts to make her feet straight- to get them to be flat on the floor and it is our hope that soon she can wear shoes.

Her feet are not very useful to her.  Her feet are not what most would think of as beautiful.

I see her feet as a beautiful picture of her life.
She came to us with lots of hurts and scars.  Lots of things twisted and confused.  
But she came with determination and a desire for something more.
God has been molding and shaping her.  She has been bent and is getting stretched sometimes to the point of tears. 
Her heart like her muscles are loosening up and are more moldable.  

A couple weeks ago Olya went to a teen Bible camp.  God used the pastor to help her untangle some confusion.  God's spirit worked in her heart and she repented of her sin and asked Christ to be The Lord of her life.
God did surgery on her heart and now spiritually she has feet that can walk.  Now she can put on the shoes of readiness to take the Gospel of peace.  Soon she will have surgeries on her feet so physically she can walk.
It is our prayer that as God continues to mold her and as the doctors continue to reshape her feet that she would be prepared to take the gospel wherever God  leads.
"How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!" Romans 15