[Originally published as Feet Fitted With Readiness]
My son, Monte, and I recently enjoyed serving together on a river trip. These feet carried gear, led hikes, provided stability for others as they struggled through challenging scrambles, delivered food and water to weary rafters, and brought the good news of God’s word. Our flip-flops served us well day by day, but feet still take a bit of a beating. Sticks, rocks, and dry desert climate add to the turmoil that feet must endure to accomplish the foundational dirty work they employ.
It’s important not to ignore these often unsung heroes of river life. Lotions, clippers, and the occasional rub down may seem a bit feminine and soft for a burly river runner, but feet need to be fitted with readiness. Without these modes of motivation, the body just doesn’t get done what needs doing.
Ephesians 6:10–20 discusses the reliance we have upon the armor of God. Our feet get an honorable mention in verse 15:
and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
Fit your feet and move out people!
We’ve been given a hope that is sure and certain and we’ve been called out by our Commander and Chief to always be prepared. When the time comes for you to move, be ready. Clip, lotion, and rub down those means of migration so that they are ready at all times with eagerness and peace. Oh the places we will go, people we will meet, and miracles we will witness if we are ready for the road ahead!