Posted October 28th, 2011 by Leah and filed in Interior Wisdom, Word of Encouragement

Sitting face to face, celebrating one whom I love dearly… with strangers.  Not complete strangers, but basically strangers. I know little to nothing of their personal lives, although day in and day out they enter our home to work. We are new to DeLand, Florida, so celebrating Jim’s birthday with dear friends isn’t an option. I spread a low country boil of shrimp, potatoes and corn out of the long cypress table in the yard and tell everyone to wash up for lunch is served.

Sitting face to face with men, some of whom have no idea hot tears have rolled down my cheeks because of them. All is put aside, forgiven, to choose the better portion…grace.  I want my husband to feel loved and celebrated. All is put aside and I consider others more important than myself.  Not easy for me, so I remind myself considering others is considering Jesus.

Considering words of old…by entertaining strangers you may be entertaining angels unaware. Love you neighbor as yourself…all are neighbors. It’s all grace…nothing I can manufacture on my own…His grace.

The testosterone flows freely at the table as, quite expected, Monday night football is discussed. I smile, look around, yet hear nothing. My mind thinks about how Jesus, on the night before he was betrayed, dined with the betrayer. Judas was a part of Jesus’ team, even his inner circle. But God…but God is sovereign. Nothing surprises him or is allowed to filter into our lives without his express permission. In trusting the most basic of truths, God is good, I rise from the table to serve birthday cake…washing the feet of strangers.

The subject changes, I know not to what as my mind drifts back to the last supper. The 13th chapter of John tells us Jesus, knowing, rose from the table, removed his outer garments, and then poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet wiping them clean.

What outer garment needs to be removed for you, for me, to freely pour out to strangers? Consider Jesus. Pride must go. Hurt feelings, disappointment and anger must go. Must be laid aside and grace put on. Consider Jesus. This seems so little, so petty, when I consider Jesus… for the joy set before him, Jesus endured the cross.

Consider Jesus…

Count it all joy, my brothers {and sisters},

when you meet trials of various kinds,

for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.

And let steadfastness have its full effect,

that you may be perfect and complete,

lacking in nothing.  

James 1:2-4

Consider Jesus…count IT ALL joy!

Whose feet can you wash this weekend? Water is flowing freely from his throne of grace for you. This font will wash you clean, for you, in turn, to wash the feet of…a stranger.

Whatever IT IS you are presently facing, grace abounds freely when you consider Jesus and count IT ALL joy.

I love you and I sincerely appreciate your emails for Jim. Unknowing, you washed the feet of another.




One Response to “FACE TO FACE”

  1. Lisa Curtis says:

    You just never cease to amaze me at your thought provoking, obviously Spirit-led scriptures and application to life today. Thank you for sharing your insight and a very Blessed Birthday to your husband and friend.
    Much love and admiration,

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