No Feet To Stand On

I know the actual saying is not having a leg to stand on.  Today a thought came to me that if you don’t have feet you don’t have anything to stand on either. Inspiration? A shard of glass is lodged deep in the heel of my foot and I have not been able to remove it. Which means I have not been able to stand on my foot causing me not only pain but I am walking off balance. My spiritual foundation is Christ. It is on this Rock that I stand. My feet are my physical body’s foundation and something as simple as as a thorn or piece of glass in my foot gets me off balance. So what are things that get me spiritually off balance? Anything that I allow to take my focus off of Jesus. To stay balanced I must meditate on His Word and let it be written on the tablet of my heart. If my eyes remain on Him I can walk through this world and not be knocked off balance.

One morning it came into my mind as I went to la­bour, to write an hymn on the ‘Gra­cious Ex­per­i­ence of a Christ­ian.’ As I went up Hol­born I had the chorus,

‘On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand.’

In the day I had four first vers­es com­plete, and wrote them off. On the Sab­bath fol­low­ing I met bro­ther King as I came out of Lisle Street Meet­ing…who in­formed me that his wife was ve­ry ill, and asked me to call and see her. I had an ear­ly tea, and called af­ter­wards. He said that it was his usu­al custom to sing a hymn, read a por­tion, and en­gage in pray­er, be­fore he went to meet­ing. He looked for his hymn-book but could find it no­where. I said, ‘I have some vers­es in my pock­et; if he liked, we would sing them.’ We did, and his wife en­joyed them so much, that af­ter ser­vice he asked me, as a fa­vour, to leave a co­py of them for his wife. I went home, and by the fire­side com­posed the last two vers­es, wrote the whole off, and took them to sis­ter King…As these vers­es so met the dy­ing wo­man’s case, my at­ten­tion to them was the more ar­rest­ed, and I had a thou­sand print­ed for dis­tr­ibu­tion. I sent one to the Spir­it­u­al Mag­a­zine, with­out my ini­tials, which ap­peared some time af­ter this. Bro­ther Rees, of Crown Street, So­ho, brought out an edi­tion of hymns [1836], and this hymn was in it. Da­vid Den­ham in­tro­duced it [1837] with Rees’ name, and others af­ter…Your in­sert­ing this brief out­line may in fu­ture shield me from the charge of stealth, and be a vin­di­ca­tion of truth­ful­ness in my con­nect­ion with the Church of God.

Edward Mote
Let­ter to the Gos­pel Her­ald

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.


On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness seems to hide His face,
I rest on His unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.


His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.


When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh may I then in Him be found.
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.



10 thoughts on “No Feet To Stand On

  1. Julie, ouch! Been in the shard-of-glass-in-the-foot place before. I hope you remove it painlessly. And what a sweet song. I love the old hymns. On Christ the solid rock I stand is one of my favorites. I have other favorites as well, but I love the Truth that we’re actually standing on the rock of Christ. Very well written, and a good analogy as well. And you’re right. Without Christ, we really don’t have a leg to stand on. Thanks for sharing. And God bless.

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  2. Beautiful post – and am glad you got that shard out! It’s like a spirit problem. If we ignore it, it will fester and could get infected…..then it is much harder to “clean” up! Good lesson for us all!

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