These were the words to a song I learned as a child at Flat Creek Baptist Church. The lyrics continued with our eyes, ears and tongues and I imagine you can fill in the blanks with the rest of the tune, but as I came across the picture posted on this particular link for the month of January taken by my good friend, Judy Ross, I couldn't help but look at the footprints. It seemed appropriate for the start of a new year to ask the question, "Where are your feet headed for the next 365 days? Well, minus four, but you get my jest.
Ironically, I read this morning an entry in Max Lucado's book entitled, "Jesus" that dealt with Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. It was an eye opener. Max listed, as only a human could, why would Jesus stoop to wash the feet of those who had experienced periods of being selfish and non believing? Added to that fact, Jesus knew in a very short time they would all run as fast as possible in a different direction as he was charged with crimes he didn't commit. And there we have it. Why should we do anything for another when we find we have been deserted, abandoned, lied to, given the silent treatment, left at the altar, disrespected or you might find descriptive words for past experiences.
If Max doesn't mind and his publisher doesn't come after me, I'd like to quote a few lines for you that deal with our logic versus the love and mindset of our Savior and outlined in Max's book:
Logic says: "Put up your fists."
Jesus says: "Fill up the basin."
Logic says: "Bloody his nose."
Jesus says: "Wash his feet."
Logic says: "She doesn't deserve it."
Jesus says: "You're right, but you don't either."
Why does God continue to love us and care for us? Why continue to fill our lungs with air when the air we breathe in doesn't utter one statement of gratitude? Why? Because our feet are filthy and we don't own one thing that can cleanse the mud and caked on sin except the basin of water Jesus is offering to personally wash it away. The God of the universe, of all creation, is willing to stoop down on his knees, tie a towel around his waist and wash away the grime that has you stuck in sin and self-importance.
Do you consistently utter, "It's okay, God, I can find my way, I don't need a personal foot wash...besides I don't think I'm that dirty. But if you want to sprinkle a few drops that's okay." I John 1:8 "If we say we have no sin, we are fooling ourselves, and the truth is not in us."
Jesus is forgiveness and love. He washed the feet of the betrayer, the turncoats and the confused. And he continues to wash sin away from every person requesting forgiveness. If you haven't already, allow the Master to wash your feet and give you an entirely new and beautiful outlook on life. Start the year with Jesus by your side.
II Peter 3:8-9 . KJV
But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.