photo © 2007 , Flickr
“His feet, her feet, fuzzy fur feet. In the house and on the street. How many, many feet you meet.”
One of my favorite books to read with my youngest son is “The Foot Book” by Dr. Seuss. It’s his favorite because he has it memorized and he feels like he’s reading it by himself! I love it because it rhymes and it’s a short book… ha! Tucked away in the pages of this children’s book is a great lesson we all can learn from. I was aware of the cute lesson but it came to life after my recent to trip to Haiti.
After a long day in the hot Haitian sun, carrying rocks to lay a foundation for a new school, feeding the children in school, going on a 2 hour hike with several girls hanging on my arms, giving out lots of energy and love… I was really tired. As everyone was heading back to the bus, I wanted to put my feet in the river for a few minutes to cool off. When I got to the river, there were about 6 partially clothed (mostly naked) kids splashing in the river. I sat down on a rock, took off my sweaty socks, dirty shoes and put my stinky (but well manicured:) feet in the water. A young girl around the age of 13 came and sat at my feet and began to wash them. She smiled sweetly. I froze. I couldn’t move. If I pulled my feet away, I would be rude. I offered to help but she pushed my hands away. I sat humbly… in wonder, awe, & reverence as she washed my feet.
I was reminded of what the bible tells us in John 13, “So if I, your Lord and teacher, have washed your feet, you must wash each other’s feet. I’ve given you an example that you should follow.”
Feet are interesting. They are the last thing in the world you want to touch. They stink. They have toe jam, weird toe nails, and they’re dirty. But… every foot represents a person, a soul, a face, that needs to be touched with grace, hope and love. I want to teach my children that all of the ‘many feet they meet’ have a name and are valuable to God. One child being the hands and feet of Jesus to another human being changes lives… mine was changed!
“Twenty-four feet. Here come more and more……….and more feet! Left foot. Right foot. Feet. Feet. Feet. Oh how many feet you meet.”
How many feet do you meet in a day?
How can you bring value and worth to the many feet around you?
What are some ideas your kids can do to be the hands and feet of Jesus to others?