We have a silly little game we like to play in our family. When we are all together, bunched up on the couch or snuggled in the bed, we like to smell and tickle each other’s feet. I know it may sound strange, but my husband and I have played this game with our boys ever since they were little. They laugh, smile and even play with our feet. My youngest calls his feet “ticky toes” because they are our tickle toes. I suppose that when my boys get older the game will get a bit smelly, but for now it is something very special to us.
Several years ago, my boys and I spent the day running the beach and beaten trails of Jekyll Island. For hours, we played in the sand, hiked through the sandy trails geocaching treasures and witnessed, first hand, sea turtles being nursed back to health. Throughout our adventure, there were many slip and falls, laughs, tears, and very dirty feet.
During the forty days of Lent, our family takes a turn drawing an activity for us to participate in the following day. For our second Day of Lent, my youngest son, 3 years at the time, chose a “Maundy Thursday foot-washing”. Throughout the day, we all joked about who would wash whose feet. Whose feet would be the smelliest? After our family devotion that evening, I began the set up. I pulled up a chair, prepared a cooler full of warm water, grabbed a few towels, gathered my family, and shared the story found in John 13:1-17. We then took turns washing each other’s feet.
“Before the feast of the Passover and after the last supper, Jesus rose, “laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself.” After that He poured water into a basin and began washing the disciple’s feet. He then wiped their feet with the towel which He wore around His waist. Jesus told the disciples in John 13:14, “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you should also wash one another’s feet.” Jesus not only encouraged us to do the same as He did, but He said we will be blessed if we do them.
Some of Christ’s teachings can only be taught by demonstration. What a powerful demonstration it was, because washing each other’s feet is not that easy. It is an act that must be done in love and being servant minded. I believe God used our family activity to set an example, just as Jesus set for his disciples, and encouraged us to love and serve wholeheartedly. I also believe God reminded me to be more aware of other opportunities that I can serve my family. Whether its enjoying the moments of bath time scrubbing the precious feet of my sons or rubbing my husband’s tired feet after a day of work, Jesus said, “Whatever you do for the least of these, you do for Me.”
Even though we all snubbed the thought of washing each other’s feet; once we knelt down and began washing each of those beautiful “ticky toes,” we all experienced the joy and love in serving one another. Washing each other’s feet is a symbolic act, a lesson in humility and a reminder of Christ’s example to us.
Tanna Friday, Run for God