Today’s Reading: John 13:1-20
6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” 7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” 8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” 9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!” - John 13:6-9
Abraham didn’t understand. David didn’t understand. Peter didn’t understand. Neither do you. Walking in obedience to the Lord as best we can and we don’t understand why the situations we find ourselves in really don’t make sense and we can’t see where we are going. Abraham found himself in a famine. David found himself being chased. Peter found himself being served by the master. We find ourselves in a trial. We find ourselves dealing with a virus. We find ourselves being moved by a nudge of the Spirit to an uncomfortable place. We simply find ourselves not knowing. And we hear Jesus whisper we will understand later. Our reply is similar to Peter. We want to interject our way and not wait on the revelation of truth and understanding to come. To grasp the end of this story about washing the feet of others just as Jesus washed the feet of the disciples seems simpler than grasping the concept of understanding later. Washing feet is messy, understanding why you are washing feet is messier. Remaining in obedience and following that nudge is our way forward. We continue to serve in the midst of uncertainty. We do it in new ways but we wait. Waiting on the Lord. Waiting on the aha moment of understanding.
Lord, keep us faithfully obedient regardless of the questions and lack of understanding that circulate in and through our mind. Guard us against the temptation to abandon ship and go our own way. We will patiently wait on you. Give us strength to remain in obedience and wait. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.