Bruised Heels : By Debra Hearn Jones 9/3/2018
Walking is a great everyday exercise that is free and easy to do on your schedule. Communities are popping up everywhere delivering retail spaces within walking distance, such as grocery stores, drug stores, gas stations, urgent care, and restaurants, along with a favorite coffee shop.
Such a wonderful concept as I always loved running an errand (walking to the store) to the local grocery store for my mom, as a child, to pick up small needed items that built my confidence as a child while allowing my exploring side to come out.
I recently visited one of those communities and was awestruck by the lush SHADED walking trails and landscape. Close to paradise. My youthful love of walking came back full force the first week. I walked those trails every day, sometimes twice. Then something strange happened, my ankles began to hurt, my knees stiffened up, and I began to walk with a limp. My heels felt bruised, tender, and painful to walk on, even a few steps.
I began to google my symptoms and realized most likely there was no injury, as I was dealing with inflammation and possible Bursitis. Treatment requires ice packs, ibuprofen, and rest. Directions were clear to continue walking, which helped relieve symptoms.
Later that night, while saying prayers, I asked the Lord to show or lead me to what to do, and because of my journey, I have also learned to keep somethings private; that what I get in prayer may not be for everyone else knowledge. Later that night I dreamed. I had to laugh as I saw myself doing one of my worst fears, yet if that is my calling, I will obey.
Later in the morning, I started a new devotional I felt drawn to called “Walking with Bruised Heels; a seven-day devotion. The devotion seemed fitting as my bruised heels hurt along with my ankles and knees. The devotional brings to attention Genesis 3:15, and the author states: You see, bruised heels in scripture are a metaphor for injuries inflicted on us by the evil one. Harsh words, fear, shame, lies that Satan whispers into our minds, deception, circumstances, or betrayals that cause heartache or grief, abandonment, insecurity, abuse, addiction, and sickness—essentially any wound meant to harm us is a bruised heel.”
The enemy wants us to steer us off our walking trail sending us back into bondage, guilt, till we are at a stop or stuck. The author of the devotion is open in his warning that the evil one is after us as he bruised Jesus’ heels on the cross Satan wants to bruise our heels too.
We have all heard the scripture that states:“The evil one comes to steal, kill and destroy.” How do you protect yourself while living the abundant life Christ has for you when you are fighting spiritual warfare?
One of my favorite scripture is in Jeremiah 29:11: proclaiming, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you plans to give you hope and a future.” God is for us giving us the knowledge to protect ourselves.
Jesus defeated Satan on the cross crushing his head for all eternity, even after the enemy bruised Jesus’ heels. The evil one is incapable of touching your soul if you have accepted Jesus as your savior and surrender your life to Jesus. You cannot be plucked out of God’s hand, The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent (Still). Genesis 50:20 states: You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. (NIV).
“The word in Romans 8:28 says “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” We have the divine word of God, Prayer, Forgiveness, Faith, and Love. Our heels may get bruised on this walk, we may steer off our path, yet our Shepard searches for us, putting us back on course. The Holy Spirit is in us, goes ahead of us, guides us. Our focus must remain intact, looking toward Jesus! We are not going backward, only forward, growing in Jesus every day, with the greatest victory in Christ! God smashed the enemy’s head and then heal’s our bruised heels! Please submit it to God, let it go, and trust.
The good news is Jesus will heal our bruises if we submit and give it to God. Exodus 14:14. “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Directions are clear, we are to continue walking, even with bruised heels! Glory to God!