During supper, Jesus rises, removes his outer garments, takes a towel and wraps it around his waist. And he begins to wash and dry the feet of his disciples.
Now when it comes to Peter, he isn’t keen on Jesus washing his feet. As with much of what Peter has said or done to this point, his reasoning is well intentioned. Maybe he doesn’t feel worthy for Jesus to wash his feet? Or maybe he thinks that is beneath Jesus? “Lord, you are washing my feet?”
Jesus answers Peter.
“What I am doing you are not aware of at present. But after these things you will know.”
It strikes me that this might be relevant to many of us. There is a difference between seeing what Jesus is doing and understanding what he’s doing. How many of us can see what he’s doing, but we don’t understand at the time?
And yet Jesus moves to reassure us, just as he did with Peter, by saying to us, “What I am doing you are not aware of at present. But after these things you will know.”
That’s trust isn’t it?
Maybe what Jesus is doing we just don’t understand? Perhaps what he is doing makes us uncomfortable? We see what he’s doing (and therefore what the Father is doing) and yet we are none the wiser as to the purpose it serves in the bigger picture.
And yet Jesus is saying, “Trust me. I’m here, bowl ready, about to wash your feet. You see but you don’t understand. It’s OK. There is a bigger picture. This will all make sense in time. Trust me.”
We surrender ourselves to the Master.
As branches of the True Vine, we surrender ourselves to the care of the Vinedresser, whose sole focus is to prepare everything for the Vine to bear fruit. This surrender is regardless of understanding. It’s pure trust. It’s trusting in the Lord with all of our heart, and to our own understanding not leaning in any way shape or form! It’s trusting that what we are seeing will make sense in time.
It’s trusting that the Father is responsible for the fruit of the Vine, and all we need do is remain and allow Life to flow.
May we all submit ourselves to the care of the Vinedresser today.
Eat the Bread, drink the Living Water.