Well Healed and Well Heeled

J. D. Conley
January 18, 2015

This past Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m., was a time of personal rejoicing and thanksgiving. It was at that time my foot doctor declared me well healed. This news was immediately followed with "you can wear a shoe on your foot again," meaning no more cumbersome boots, ugly surgical shoes, or any other Velcro contraption. For the first time since last July, with the lone exception of a couple of hours, I am able to wear a pair of shoes again.

Wearing a pair of shoes is something people take for granted every day. It even becomes a mundane thing to have to put shoes on. You don't miss shoes until you're unable to wear them. Its unfortunate that people forget that even the mundane things, the everyday things, the second nature things, are still, every one of them, blessings from God, and we ought to be thankful. Paul instructed the church at Thessalonica, "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you"(lThess.5:18). Just the simple wearing of a pair of shoes is one of those "...good and perfect gift(s) from above and cometh down from the Father of lights..." (Jas. 1:17).

Let us never take our blessings for granted. Spiritual Israel ought never to become like physical Israel. Even though God abundantly blessed them with deliverance from Egypt, and provided them with the necessities of life, they were ungrateful to the point of murmuring. It wasn't enough that God had brought forth water from a rock, made bitter water potable, sent manna from Heaven, even homers of quail. No, they stubbornly remained unthankful. They missed the buffet they left behind in Egypt, forgetting the awful price of 450 years of slavery they endured to eat well. They also overlooked the remarkable fact that God made it to where their clothes and shoes would not wear out, (Dt.29:5). Not only did their shoes not wear out, their foot never even swelled, (Dt.8:4)! Truly, God blessed them immeasurably and yet they were bereft of even a whiff of gratitude.

After not wearing a right shoe for the past six months, it appears newer than my left. Even though this makes them sort of a mismatched pair, I feel as though I am well heeled. I thank God for His healing as well as for "every good gift." And I thank you, my brethren in Christ, for your countless prayers.  God is good all the time!