Washing Feet

“And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet.” John 13:14 NLT

We were in Mexico on vacation. My husband had planned this getaway for us one July summer. It was hot and rainy, so we spent a lot of time at the hotel’s spa. It was so relaxing having our cares just massaged away.

One particular evening he scheduled us for a couple’s massage. When we entered the room, the girls had us sit on a bench beside each other and take off our shoes. They went to the sink and each got a basin of warm water. They placed it on the floor and began to wash our feet.

It was quiet in the room. There was only silence aside from the soft instrumental music playing in the background. A tear slipped down my cheek. Then another. Soon, I was full-on crying and couldn’t stop. My husband looked at me with a questionable expression. I couldn’t even speak. I just cried.

I don’t know if I have ever felt so humbled. I don’t even know if that’s the correct word for it. All I could think of was Jesus washing His disciples’ feet and how Peter watched Him…wondering why the King of Kings would be the “servant”. Shouldn’t they be washing His feet?

But that’s our Jesus. He came down to our level to serve us. He came to show us how to serve others. How can we not live by His example when He so clearly gave us such instruction? The best thing is…He continues to meet us where we’re at to show us how to live.

We ask where the “parent manual” is when we have our children. It’s the bible.
We ask where the “marriage manual” is when we have our first disagreement. It’s the bible.
We ask where the “friendship manual” is when we’ve lost a friend. It’s the bible.

The Holy Bible is filled with wisdom, instruction, and stories just like this. Stories like Jesus serving others. Stories of Him flipping tables. Stories of Him asking us to bring the children to Him.

Friend, it’s full of instruction. But we need to actually open it up and read it in order to live by it. There are so many examples of how to love like Jesus…how to serve like Jesus…how to live like Jesus.

These women in Mexico were doing their job. I realize that. But the gentle, quiet spirit that filled the room while they washed our feet was Jesus.

He’s here. Always. Helping us and showing us how to be like Him.

 

6 Comments

  1. Connie Rucinski

    The washing of feet reminds me of our Priest who asked my husband who was sick to have his feet washed during church. It is a most humbling act of love. We are so loved even in our crazy world. God Bless you Rochelle

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    • Rochelle Bauer

      It sure is such a humbling act of love. I’m so glad your husband experienced that moment (although I would’ve never wanted him to be sick). People can be so loving, sometimes when we least expect it. God bless you Connie!

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  2. Julie Sunne

    Such a beautiful image of Christ’s servant heart, Rochelle! Thank you for sharing it.

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    • rochelleb@me.com

      Thank you for reading and commenting, Julie! It really was a beautiful experience.

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  3. Kara

    It’s the Bible…it’s the Bible…it’s the Bible – love it – always turning to scriptural truth as our foundation. Yes and amen! And how wonderful that God spoke to you in that moment, the slightest whisper. Don’t you love how He does that? Just beautiful.

    Kara
    amidstthebroken.com

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  4. Nikki

    Thank you for this needed post at just the right time. It touched my heart so much. We do need to be moved to tears about his servant heart for us. It was a simple act yet so profound for Jesus to do and is such an example of how we are called to serve always. Thank you for sharing your heart and the need for his Word in all circumstances. It was such a needed message.

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