t’s less than two weeks til our daughter’s wedding. I was working on boutineers and corsages most of the evening, along with counting items for the receptions to see what we still need. I am tired. I’ve got so much to do yet, including some sewing and writing numerous lists for those helping us. I am ready for our lives to settle down to a slower pace after these past 15 months with three weddings! I’ve told the younger children, no more weddings for at least five years! :)
Earlier today I was reading Luke 13 about Jesus washing His disciples feet. As I was reading it, feeling kind of overwhelmed with all that I wanted to get done, I thought of Him telling me to just sit still. Pause. Relax. Deep breaths. And let Him wash my feet. Huh? Me? I’d be like Peter and say, “You shall never wash my feet.” I’d want to get up and get Him a drink – ask Him if I can wash His feet – certainly not mine. He knew how I got angry today and wanted to give up on things. He’d push me gently in the chair as I just stared in awe. He’d tell me that He knows my heart . . . He knows my pains . . . He knows my trying hard when others don’t seem to notice or expect certain things without thankfulness. He knows. And I am sure I’d be sobbing.
And as I read through the chapter, I thought, Jesus does want to do foot washing daily. As we spend time with Him, isn’t it like a foot washing? Doesn’t it many times renew us when we get that glimpse of Him and know He understands us and yearns to be close with us throughout the day? And when we have these foot washing moments with Him, doesn’t it encourage us to wash other’s feet . . .
If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. John 13:14-17
Whose feet can we wash? What encouragement can we give others? Is it forgiveness that needs to be heard by someone? Is it a phone call or just a note in the mail?
So, what is does God you to believe?
I want to wash your feet,
Will you let Me?
Whose will you wash?
There are others who will see Me
if you have a servant’s heart.
just believe Me.“