Woman, are you weary? Weary from the pouring out, the constant bending, the washing of feet, from serving?
You can’t embrace the little arms encircling your neck, or offer your testy co-worker a tender word, or care for a sick relative if you don’t take a moment to fill your own heart up.
Put down your own basin and towel! The Master wants to wash your feet for a time.
You serve, and it’s good. But you can’t pour into other people’s lives if you aren’t full yourself. Jesus want’s to wash your feet. He wants a quiet moment alone with you to refresh your soul.
How long has it been since you’ve sat still in his presence, uninterrupted, unhindered? Put aside the guilt of sitting still, inactive, and rest. Jesus will come to you, basin in hand, towel over his strong arm, and wash your feet – if you’ll let him.
Stick up your weary, grimy feet. His word and his Spirit will wash away the dirt of where you’ve been, will sooth the hot ache of being misunderstood, will get them ready for your next act of service.
All the books and blogs and messages you hear on purpose and service and following are good and true. But you can’t follow or pour out your purpose on a needy family, a needy world, if you have dirty feet. If they’ve walked through sin, if they’re weary from a long shift of work, if they’re cut and wounded, they need tending.
Jesus is waiting, always waiting, inviting you to his basin.
So today, for just a while, put down your tools of service, your pot, your mop, your car keys, your phone, your badge, your pen, put it down and sit in Jesus presence.
Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him. John 13:3-5
He has something to say to you. A precious word of truth and life just for your heart and no one else’s. Don’t miss it. Will you come?
Beck is passionate about encouraging women to use their influence for the good of other women and has written the ebook Sister to Sister; A Mentor’s Handbook. She is the founder of Mercy’s Refuge, an outreach to the vulnerable of Serbia. You can connect with her at her blog The Accidental Mama, or on Facebook.