“Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” John 13:3-7
Washing feet was considered the lowliest of all services, yet Jesus, on the last evening of His life, took the time to gently wash the grime from His disciples’ feet. His act of humility cleansed their hearts of selfish ambition, killed their pride, and taught them another profound lesson of love—just before His most amazing act of love: death on the cross for our sakes.
As mothers, we have the incredible honor of washing the feet of those around us daily. We cook meals, we continually clean, we kiss hurts, we wash laundry, we read stories, we listen, we drive, we advise, and finally, we tuck them in each night. If you are like me, it probably does not always feel like an honor to ‘wash the feet’ of your family. Fighting exhaustion and discouragement certain days, we become impatient and grow weary of needing to referee sibling squabbles or fold and put away mountains of laundry. As mighty women of God, how do we remain steadfast in the storms and doldrums of life?
The meditative Charles Spurgeon proclaims, “God’s grace is illustrated and magnified in the poverty and trials of believers. Saints bear up under every discouragement, believing that all things work together for their good.” Romans 8:28 assures us, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Mama, each one of us has been chosen to love our families through the repeated acts of faithfulness each day, but we cannot—will not—complete this calling in our own strength or brilliance.
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me” (2 Corinthians 12:9). Jesus came to serve. Jesus came to save. Jesus came to restore. Just like He washed the feet of His closest friends more than 2,000 years ago, He washes our feet daily—giving us new life, blessing us with friends and family, providing helpful resources and continual covering, speaking truth and identity, sending encouragement, and giving divine wisdom. His power, His faithfulness, and His love dwell in us because we invited Him to be LORD of our lives, turning from sin and death, and therefore, we must prayerfully cling to Him, knowing that even if you do not realize what He is doing now, later you will understand.
Bek Measmer and the Help Club for Moms Team