East Of Eden

"A curious mix of the relevant and reverential"

Throwback Thursday: Pain in heels while walking.

Note: This post first appeared on my old blog, Far Above Rubies, on March 9, 2012. ~Alisha

If you clicked on this post expecting a piece on platforms, sorry, not getting that. But stick around anyway, okay?
On Wednesday, as I rushed to grab a clean diaper for Z, I banged my heel against the side of our platform bed. I yelled out a rather loud, "Oww", which is much better than the four letter word I could've hollered.
I felt irritated. I leaned against Z's crib with my right arm and lifted the throbbing left heel to observe the damage. It was quickly turning red. "Augh...". 
I put my foot back down and got the diaper. Even as I changed Z and continued on with my day, the thought of my banged up foot kept coming back to me. It had long stopped hurting, but the thought of the pain hung in my head all day.

"For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone." Psalm 91:11-12

"He will guard the feet of his saints, but the wicked will be silenced in darkness. "It is not by strength that one prevails;" I Samuel 2:9
I've had a love-hate relationship with my feet since I was a little girl. No, closer to a dislike-hate relationship. I was extremely pigeon-toed and wore corrective shoes through middle school. My feet were (and are) big for my short stature. Topping that off, I developed bunions, which I had surgically corrected in college. Oh, and did I mention I have no arches?
The latest addition to my "Feet= Bad" list is the scar from my sural nerve biopsy from April 2010. When I press against it hard, I still get a jolt of light, electric pain. Any type of injury to this area can be extremely painful since it is a hotbed of nerves. 
This wasn't the area I hurt when my foot collided with the side of our Ikea hand-me-down. Or I would've yelled out a cuss.
But it might be the area where Jesus was nailed through his feet to the cross. I found this out while watching a National Geographic special last night. It's a few years old, but very fascinating. It features the bones of a man named Jehohanan. Researchers found the man's heel bone had a nail through it.

This could possibly change the way Christ is portrayed on the cross. But what really struck me, to the point of actually wincing was the image of a large nail pounded through the heel. If a small cut and removal of a piece of nerve can cause pain to be felt years after the procedure, my mind cannot fathom the pain of crucifixion. That verse from Psalms 91 is repeated in Matthew 4:6 by Satan in an attempt to tempt Christ. Jesus had gone out to the desert for forty days and forty nights. This being Lent, this story is told quite often. Jesus, of course, could have called on angels to come lift him away. But having been led by the Holy Spirit (4:1), he stayed the path and overcame temptation. But staying that path- the path that led to the Via Dolorosa- was truly one of obedience and sacrifice. As I walk the narrow, sometimes weighed down by my cross, I remind myself Christ is here with me, shouldering most of the burden. I also take comfort that eventually, Christ did take flight, not in escape, but glory. For it isn't through my lowly strength that I'll persevere, but through Christ, who strengthens me.


Recent Blog Posts

Popular Blog Posts

Alisha DeFreitas
25 August 2017
John Lennon, Yoko Ono and Dick Gregory. (Image Source: Yoko Ono's Twitter account)   Dick Gregory, comedian, entertainer, and civil rights activist, died last Saturday, August 19th, at the age o...
Alisha DeFreitas
17 September 2016
September 2016, and I have (some) hair.     ... to get better, but haven't. Yet.  It's been four months since I had the Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) at Northwestern ...
Alisha DeFreitas
09 November 2013
  Happy Saturday, Folks! Pretty good week for me. Cooked almost every day (except yesterday when I had plasmapheresis which usually leaves me feeling wiped; it didn't though-woohoo!- but we stil...


"... the awesomely gifted Alisha DeFreitas... tells her story of  her brush with the Culture of Death and her refusal to play the world’s game. I love that she gives two well-aimed upraised middle fingers: one to the abortion culture of the Left, and one to the Randian Makers vs. Takers class warriors of the Right. She’s one of my heros."

Mark Shea, author and blogger

"While reading your blog I often sense a certain amount of conviction on your behalf, which makes me wonder why isn’t everyone reading the blogs of a woman who actually “gets it.”

Don, at Minus The Bars

"A curious mix of the sacred and profane...too nice for a run of the mill blog? "

Joe, my brother, author of The Blog of Blogs

"Are you really bored or something?"

Joscelyne, my sister

"Pretty f****ing intense."

Reader Brooke Farmer, on this entry.

"A great outlet for such a prolific mind and an entertaining mix of spirituality and current events."

Keiron, my husband, also known on here as K, or my Knight & Sunshine

East of Eden on Facebook

Drop Me A Message

Fields with (*) are required.
Please prove you are human!