How’s Your Feet?

We do a lot of traveling for work and some months we’ve spent half of our time in hotels. It’s not ideal, but it’s a fact of life for us in this season.

Not too long ago, as we pushed open the door to a room, we were accosted with stale smoke. It was late and there weren’t any nonsmoking rooms available for the weekend. We propped the door wide open, cranked the heat, and opened the window as far as it would go. The boys were choking, our eyes were burning, and we all wanted to hang our heads out the window for breathable air. Inside I was cringing. I knew we would reek of smoke when we went to work in the morning and the thought of smelling bad to customers and people we worked alongside was an awful thought. Smelling bad pushes people away, makes them want nothing to do with us.

Each night in that hotel room was difficult. Not only were we assaulted every evening by the smell, but the lighting was so poor it felt like a we were entering a hole.

When we got home everything was immediately washed and put out to air in the sunshine. As I did load after load of laundry I thought of Peter at the Last Supper when Jesus went to wash his feet.

“No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

“Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”

Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” {John 13:8-10 NIV}

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That’s how I felt after having spent the weekend in that smoking room—in desperate need of cleansing. “Wash all of me, Lord!”

And the Lord’s reply whispered in my soul. “Let me wash your feet.”

Our feet often need washing. It’s part of living in this world. If we’re going to be with people—people who need the fresh air and Light of God, then we’re going to be in dark places that stink.

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. {Matthew 5:14-16 NASB}

We’re to be light in dark places.

We’re to be in the world but not of the world.

It means some of the dirt and smell of the world is going to rub off onto us.

It means going to Jesus often to wash our feet in the His living water so that our fellowship with Him isn’t broken.

Dirty feet happen simply by living in this world, just don’t let them stay dirty. Go to Jesus for washing so our walk with Him isn’t hindered.


Patty Wysong

Patty Wysong, a home executive with over 20 years of experience, homeschools two of her five children, but don't let that fool you. She spends much of her time working on what God has placed in her hand: her keyboard. From the corner of her living room she writes inspirational fiction, devotionals, blog posts, and teaches online blogging workshops. You'll also find her drinking kool aid from her china cup, preparing for the ladies Bible study she leads, and helping at their church. Through her writing, Patty has found the extraordinary God in her ordinary life.

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  1. Fantastic post.

    • Thank you, Denise. This was such a good lesson for me, and so timely.


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