|Mrs. P's beautiful feet, bringing the best news of all...|
"How will they hear, Alina?"
"How will they hear if I do not go and tell them myself?"
"I have to share!"
Mrs. P and I share this one-sided conversation in the kitchen of my home. It is one-sided because I am in awe and have no need to add to her words.
I am in awe at how my dear friend, a new believer of only about 6 months, has the Truth and the love of God burning within her at a degree that makes even me uncomfortable, but still excited all at the same time. I am in full agreement, and also in full conviction. She is quoting Romans 10:14 almost unintentionally:
"How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?"
I listen, and all I can think of is how beautiful her feet are. Sure, they have the same tell-tale flip flop tan line that most Thais have. They are darkened by the sun, bear a scar here and there and they are, generally, seemingly-ordinary feet.
But, they are beautiful feet. I know. And, it comes on good authority:
"How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"
I tell her that she has beautiful feet. She laughs and brushes me off!
"My feet are nothing special, and definitely not beautiful!"
But, God's word is true.
Today, she shared about how the love of God is so full within her that it propels her to do everything. People around her question her and, sometimes, make fun of and malign her life that has changed for good...but she still proclaims the love of God over the love of a "free" life without Him. She told me today of how she shares because how can she not? How can she not let others know of the same Love she possesses?
God has called our family here to love Him wildly and to pass it around. Some days, we feel like we are just spinning our wheels, and that the Gospel is not advancing...but then I remember Mrs. P and her beautiful feet. I remember about how, years ago, we were sent out with beautiful feet. We were sent to share with those who had never heard, like Paul spoke about in Romans, and now we are training our new friends to beautify their own feet.
Will you pray for us, for Mrs. P and for others here to keep walking, and not to stumble from fatigue or bumps in the road? Thank you!