Baby Feet

My grandbaby, Jaxon has recently discovered his toes.  With delight he grabs at his feet and then with the flexibility only a baby can muster at five months of age, he puts his big toe in his mouth and sucks contentedly.  When I laugh at his antics he smiles with his eyes up at me, but still keeps a firm grip on his toes.

My grandson has perfect feet.  I know, I know, I’m a biased grandma, I think everything about my grandbaby is perfect 🙂 but truly Jaxon’s feet are perfect.  They do not have the calluses or the scuffed heals yet.  His toenails are not jagged, there are no “hammer toes” in the bunch.  His toes are soft, kissable to me and apparently they must taste good to him.  There are no miles traveled on his feet yet, nor has he discovered a like or dislike for brand name footwear.  He wears the tiny shoes his mother puts on his perfect feet, but I suspect that he would rather go barefoot…easier to suck on his toes that way!

In the next few months Jaxon will discover that he can stand on his feet.  That his feet will bear his weight, and as we have warned his young mother repeatedly, once he discovers how fast his feet can move after that, her life will never be the same again.  He’ll put miles and miles on his feet (as will my daughter trying to keep up with him!)  He’ll discover that carpets are soft to walk on, but sharp rocks aren’t.  He’ll step on his first thistle, and feel the sting of his first stubbed toe, but knowing how determined he is even now as a baby, after the tears stop, he’ll be back on his feet and running again.

His feet won’t be as perfect once he starts using them every day to run, to dance, to climb, to explore, to swim, to play soccer, basketball or hockey.  As he grows, he’ll use his feet to walk places I may never see, go to places I may never go, and his feet will crack and bleed at times because even though his designer sneakers may protect his feet somewhat, the roads he might travel may be hard on his feet.  He’ll stumble, he’ll fall, and as much as his mother, father and, yes, grandma, might like to protect his perfect feet, sometimes he’ll trip up, and we won’t always be there to catch him.

Then there will come a day when Jaxon and everyone else around him will discover that his feet are beautiful again.  Oh sure, his feet may bear the scars, calluses and foot odour that comes from a lifetime of usage but with each footfall I pray his feet will always walk in service to the Lord.

“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” (Isaiah 52:7)

Prepare your feet for life’s journey, sweet Jaxon.  They are just perfect!

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9 Responses to Baby Feet

  1. Marianne says:

    Thanks, Lynn. This is lovely!

  2. Beautiful post, Lynn. A wonderful analogy that brought tears to my eyes. Thank you.

  3. Lynn says:

    I must say today has been a rather emotional one for me. My sweet daughter, son-in-law, and Baby Jaxon left this morning to live in Kentucky for the next three years while my son-in-law attends seminary there. This will mark the longest time I’ve ever been separated from my daughter and it’s doubly hard not to be able to hug on my precious grandbaby every day too. So pray for me today while I wear my heart on my sleeve and the tears fall freely.

  4. I’ll be praying for you, Lynn. I feel your pain as my only grandbabies live across the country where my son is stationed in the military. I have no children left nearby. Thank God for air travel! I have a feeling you will be visiting Kentucky quite often. 😉

  5. Anne Payne says:

    As a grandma of a two year old and a 7 month old I wholeheartedly concur about the perfection of baby feet 🙂 And Jaxon’s are adorable!!! Beautiful post, Lynn. Praying for you! I know how difficult it is to be separated from them. I am thankful my daughter and her family moved to our area last year and I have the privilege of seeing my grandsons several times a week. While we were in different states we did make use of Skype. Have you considered that? It works really well. My daughters in-laws are missionaries in Kenya and that’s what they use.

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