“Then He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples feet..” John 13:15
Well I am going to get personal with you. This month has been full of “fun”....not really. It has been filled with puke, fevers, headaches, and tears by not just the children but mommy as well. And a poor husband who has had to care for us. It felt like a never ending regiment of puke buckets, endless doses of vitamin C, and weird herbs and onions that made the house stink. There were weird smells. And in all that I felt I wasn't gaining any ground and I realized that the healing process truly was in God’s hands and He was teaching us to be patient and wait.
So this last weekend we finally see the end of the tunnel. What a relief! Just a few headaches..ah! We can go to church! And actually have a day “off” Monday. So Exciting! So Sunday night I get a text close to midnight. A friend was going into labor and I had promised her I would watch her kids while she was in the hospital. Now I was willing and genuine wanting to bless them..but this was MY day off and I was struggling with that fact. Anyhow, this entire last month and Monday taught me many things. It taught me I have real attitude problems when it comes to things going my way. It taught me that when I choose to be giving it may not feel good, but it’s still a blessing to do so.
“Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me”..Matthew 25:40
Jesus told His disciples in John 13:15, after He had washed their feet, “For I have given you an example, that you should do just as I have done to you.” And He not only washed the feet of the ones who He knew would love Him and die for His sake, but the one who betrayed Him to His death. Still, He did, and with love. We need to serve while not expecting the fuzzy feelings. We need to be willing to clean pee that you end up stepping in and puke off the walls, (yes, both happened recently). Jesus took our filth from deep within and put it on Himself. He was willing to get dirty for our sake, and it didn't feel good. It was downright painful and horrific what He had to do to offer us salvation. But He loves us, and He has asked us to love Him first, and then each other. On this special weekend, Good Friday and Easter Sunday, let us worship the One who created us..the One who took our darkest of sins from us...the One who submitted and obeyed His Father and died to offer salvation..and finally, the One who rose and now sits on the right hand of the Father! This is our God, let us serve Him in submission and ask Him to help us to be a clear reflection of who He is, so that others will glorify Him and desire to know the God we serve!
“Let all that you do be done in love.”1 Corinthians 16:14