God’s Word for Today: Source
Hebrews 5:8-9. Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him.
I am an idiot. I have always scored well on standardized tests (except color vision test, I fail miserably) and last graded, my IQ was 1 point short of genius. But, life is not a standardized test. My bank account is not in direct accordance with my IQ. Things are out of whack. Not really. Life is life and I have found at times that I am not so very brilliant. Idiot is a decent label.
Case in point. In Paraguay, your feet get dirty. There is a red clay that is abundant, and the constant wearing of sandals causes one’s feet to be exposed to this magnetic dirt. So, foot washing is above and beyond the norm of what I am used to. The constant wearing of socks and shoes/boots 98% of my life has enabled me to maintain fairly pampered feet. Now, I have come to realize what serious foot washing is all about.
When you take a shower here, part of the ritual is to use a rather aggressive scrub brush and a cheap bar of soap to attack the red clay build up on your feet. Pretty simple, run the brush over the bar of soap, then launch in to an all-out assault on the tops and bottoms of your feet. At first, my pampered walking utensils were quite tender to the brush. Now, they can handle a pretty decent scrubbing.
Every day, when I performed my foot washing duty, about half way through, I would have a burning sensation in one of my eyes. Sometimes both. Simple conclusion. As I was either applying soap to the brush, or brush to my feet, apparently one little droplet of soap was magically finding my eye. For the last 2 years, I have been trying to perfect my foot washing to save the unnecessary eye cleansing. Maybe one out of every 20 times or so, if I was extremely diligent in making sure all soap was headed in the opposite direction, my eyes would be OK. But mostly, I was getting to where I just closed my eyes prior to the foot washing until the task was complete.
Finally, the little light bulb went off. All this vast knowledge and brain activity was put on a shelf and the simplicity of my frustration was revealed. The water dripping from my wet head was the source of eye pain. It was not missiles of soap flying from foot scrubbing. It was simply runoff from my idiot head. Problem solved? Yes, when I remember. Years of ritual linger. I try to remember to wash my feet first. Prior to any head soaking, my feet get the initial attention. My eyes are thankful.
The night of the Last Supper, what was the first thing Jesus did? He got down and washed the Disciples feet. Jesus revealed a priority that is very easy to overlook. Humble yourself and serve others first. Then, you will receive the blessings God has in store for you.
Today, think about the source of your worst irritation. How long have you been battling something that is keeping you from being your best? What in your life seems to be finding a way to constantly burn the eyes of your daily living? What is the real source of your pain? It is probably something you have not considered. Something that has been part of your life’s story for so long, you don’t even realize it is the source of your suffering. Once you find it, then make a change. Jesus is there to help you………………
Prayer: Dearest Lord and Father of all that is Good. Thank you for being the source of my many Blessings. Forgive me for the times I am an idiot and keep blaming my problems on you. Help me to find the source of what is really holding me back from becoming your loving servant. In Jesus’, the source of Everlasting Joy and Life, name I pray. Amen and amen.