Post by Contributing Writer, Lydia
Praying for a change of perspective…join me?
He sets out a big pot of sudsy warm water on the back porch at the end of the day, and I call them in for dinner.
No matter my nagging, they just can’t seem to resist kicking off their shoes and squelching in the sun-warmed mud. Four sets of mud encrusted feet patter up the path and up the porch steps, one by one dunking feet into the warm white foam. I’ve got the rolled up sleeves and scrub tiny toes, searching for the pink skin beneath all the grime. Then towel dry and open the door, in they come looking for their dinner.
I wish I could say I had a good attitude about all of this, but it was not the first time I cleaned them up today. Nor the second, for that matter. In fact, if I am completely honest, I was downright annoyed.
I tossed out murky water, turn toward the sink to scrub the pot. And right there it strikes me.
Today I didn’t make a million dollars.
I didn’t attend an important investment meeting.
I didn’t wear expensive clothes.
Today I didn’t save a life, or change a law, or bring about world peace.
It may look like I really didn’t do much of worth to anyone.
But today, and really, every day, I washed feet.
As I make my way through this life of mine, I am taught so much. I’m learning, daily, to look for the small and the humble – the quiet and the meek. The foot-washing moments that point me toward the blessings of laying down self and striving to serve. In lowering me, He elevates.
A hard lesson to learn when I think my time is too valuable to wash feet, or to push a child on a swing, sweep the floor, rock a tired toddler. But really – what really could be greater? An opportunity to serve, not only once, but multiple times during the day.
So quickly do I lose sight of this simple truth – the big and the magnificent and the important things? Are not so big and magnificent after all. God is in the still and the small, and I’m seeing that to seek more of Him is to seek my own self a little less.
Lydia is Mama to 4 (soon to be 5!) little ones, wife to a wonderful husband, knitter, writer, grace-seeker and beauty chaser. You can catch up with Lydia daily at Small Town Simplicity.