Have you washed any feet lately? Now that’s an odd question for someone to ask, isn’t it? Recently I had the opportunity yesterday to wash someone’s feet, figuratively speaking, and it wasn’t such a bad experience. Not only did I benefit from the satisfaction of having been obedient to the Lord and of service to my parents-in-law, but I also came up with a handy car cleaning tip that I thought I’d pass along.
My octogenarian in-laws relocated to our area from across the state last summer so my husband and I could keep a watchful eye on them and take care of them as they age. As you would expect, there have been some health issues requiring trips to the doctor and errands requiring the occasional chauffeur (that would be me). When my father-in-law called late the other night to ask me if I could be available to drive him home from the dentist after oral surgery (in case he couldn’t drive himself), I told him that I would cancel my plans to attend Bible study so I could be available. The interesting kink in all this was that my husband also informed me at the last minute that he was leaving town early the next morning (the day my father-in-law needed me on standby). With my son driving to school two counties away in my car and my daughter needing her usual ride to school, transportation suddenly became an issue. In order to be on standby for my father-in-law I would need to borrow my mother-in-law’s car, just in case I was needed.
With a beautiful morning beckoning me to wash her dirty car, I decided that I might as well have at it. Although the interior wasn’t too messy, the exterior needed a lot of attention because the car had been parked under trees and had ants crawling in the driver and passenger front door jams, which were packed full of leaf litter. With my husband’s shop vac, some Murphy’s oil soap, and a bucket of water I set to work on her car, washing the body and cleaning leaves out of places I didn’t even know existed on automobiles! After about two and a half hours, it looked so much better, except to the now homeless ants (or what few remained after the rest were consumed by the shop vac). Although I knew my mother-in-law would probably never notice that the car had been cleaned, I knew that God would notice and suddenly washing her “feet” became an important mission for me.
In the thirteenth chapter of John, we read the account of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet. He said, “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you” (vs. 14-15).
“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:5-8). If Christ was willing to do that for us, then the least we can do is wash someone’s feet every now and then!
Now, for the helpful hint – You know that awful road grime that accumulates in the wheel covers? The next time you clean your car, think of the wheel covers as teeth and the road grime as tartar then try doing what I did with my mother-in-law’s wheels below. Wet the wheel covers, then lather them with your washing solution. Next, take a battery-powered toothbrush and go for the grime! Before long, your wheel covers will be shiny as new!