I’ve been told I have ugly feet.
I know, I know, this is not what you expected to hear first thing in the morning. But, according to my sources my feet are quite ugly, not fit for public viewing, and would be better tucked away inside a tennis shoe or at the very least socks.
I happen to like my feet, however, no matter how ugly they may seem to others. They are dependable, they allow me to walk or run when the mood strikes, and it’s not like I can just switch them out for a new set. They may not be appealing to others, but they are clean and healthy and perfectly suited to my needs.
Now if you want to talk about some feet that need work, let’s talk about the disciples. That’s right, that’s right, I’m saying the disciples not only had ‘ugly’ feet, but they were stinky to boot! Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look back at the region and time period they lived in.
Back in the day when the disciples lived, they didn’t have cars and electricity and fancy bathtubs, let alone easy access to water. For the majority of the people of those days their main mode of transportation was, you guessed it, their feet, and usually they wore open-toed sandals (the equivalent of our modern day flip-flops), which allowed them to gather a nice assortment of muck and filth on their feet as they went about their day.
Navigating the roads they had to not only deal with the dust, but an assortment of rather pungent piles of poop-poopy-doo left behind by the animals traversing the roads with them. If you’ve ever had the misfortune of stepping in doggy-doo you can easily relate to the rather gross and pungent odor that follows you throughout the day. Imagine that happening every day, and not only that, but with the inability to access fresh water, imagine that you could go days or weeks without a proper foot washing. Yikes! Can anyone say ‘air freshener emergency’!
Now that we’ve established just how ugly and stinky the disciples feet were, let’s move on, shall we?
In John 13:1-17 the Bible relates to us a story of unbelievable grace and an undeniable act of love. Picture this, you’re gathered around the table eating dinner, and mixed in with the aroma of fresh bread is the unmistakable stench of unwashed feet. I know, that gag reflex is probably kicking in right about now, isn’t it? Take a deep breath. Better? Good, let’s continue.
John 13:4-5 says this…”So he (Jesus) got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.”
Can you picture it? What would you have done if Jesus, the very Son of God, the One to whom you’ve given your life and pledged to follow, knelt at your feet and willingly took them, dirty and filthy, in His hands and began to lovingly wash the stench away?
I’m not going to answer that for you.
Instead, take some time to reflect on what He’s done for you. Read the Bible story and let it stew for awhile in your heart. Talk to Him, search Him out, find the answer and when you do, come back and let me know what this act of love means to you.
Blessings, Kathy W