by PamFord Davis
5/03/2010 / Devotionals
Would you describe your feet as attractive, one of your best features? Not many would. Some women treat themselves to pedicures and bright colors of nail polish. It does improve the appearance, but honestly, feet are designed to carry the weight of the body not to catch the eye of admirers.
Now we'll expand the subject to our feelings about the sensation of touch. Are you ticklish on the bottom of your feet? Do you get squeamish when touching the feet of someone else? My girlfriend hated it if my feet would touch her accidentally during a sleep-over. Our feet are very sensitive to touch. If you think about the pounding on pavement they take it's amazing how fragile the bottom of our feet are.
In Home Economics' class we practiced caring for the ill, including an abbreviated demonstration of sponge baths. Another girlfriend and I felt uncomfortable washing each other's feet. We giggled and faked our way through.
Jesus gave a lesson in both service and humility with feet at the center of attention. "He put some water in a large bowl. Then he began washing his disciples' feet and drying them with the towel he was wearing (John 13:5 CEV)." His followers needed clarification. "Then he said: Do you understand what I have done? You call me your teacher and Lord, and you should, because that is who I am. And if your Lord and teacher has washed your feet, you should do the same for each other (John 13:12b-14 CEV)."
In their culture and surroundings the washing of feet was done routinely by a servant when entering a home. Sandals were worn and walking through unpaved roads resulted in dirty, sandy feet. Jesus, Lord of all lowered himself in status to servant. If the circumstances of daily life soil the life of one in our midst we are to follow his example. Any effort to help others is service in his name.
Freelance writer of both fiction and non-fiction. Devotionals are her first love in writing. Published articles in Mature Living Magazine, Devotions for the Deaf, The Secret Place, Light from the Word, Coosa Journal and more. Devotions included in Mary HollingsworthÃ¢s The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter by Tyndale Publishers.
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