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Foot Washing

Posted by cjoshua15 on April 3, 2007

John 13:1-17 references Jesus washing the feet of the disciples.  This past Sunday I experienced my first feet washing ceremony during Sunday School.  When the teacher made the comment that we weren’t going to use the normal literature for class I was okay with that.  But, when she said we were going to have a foot washing ceremony I could feel my body temperature rise and my comfort zone was being removed very quickly.  I’m sitting there thinking, I know I took a shower today but now I’m being asked to take off my shoes and socks for some stranger to wash my feet.  I know that my feet weren’t covered with the dirt of the disciples traveled feet, but still, I didn’t want to take the chance that my sweat factor was extending to my feet at this point.  They turned the lights down to bring a different mood to the room and it certainly did that.  All of a sudden it was like there was no choice, Peter was not wanting Jesus to wash his feet, but I was more about anyone washing my feet was not going well.

I remember closing my eyes to pray and for some reason removed my shoes and socks.  When they took the assignment, 3 ladies stood to wash the feet of the class.  The woman that came my direction made me feel so undeserving, I cried because I should be washing her feet, not her washing mine.  Someone that I truly respect and admire as such a woman of God, a mentor of what a Godly woman is made of, and her many struggles with physical pain was on her knees on a hard floor in front of me hugging me and praying for me and telling me she loved me.  We were both weeping and she washed my feet.  This was a God-thing and all about a God-thing.  The entire class had eyes and Kleenex wetter than our feet when all was done.

I can’t explain it but when she was done and had moved on to the next lady I prepared to put my socks and shoes back on.  My socks glided on my feet as if covering silk.  My feet had a freshness that was different than any other time in my life I had washed them.

We continued the class when that was complete with a communion to close the class and it was as if the small portion was an entire meal.

What a blessing to be taken out of my comfort zone.  God does great things when we are willing to get out of our comfort zone, thank you Jesus for these blessings.

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One Response to “Foot Washing”

  1. Beckie said

    WOW! That’s how I felt during my first foot washing. A truly humbling experience! We used to attend a church that participated in foot washing a couple of times a year. Come by and visit me on my regular blog at A Child of God.

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