I encountered a woman the other day who was suffering from neuropathy. Her feet were angled slightly inward and had lost much of their feeling. Her toes were bandaged, covering sores trying to heal. She moved with a cane and leaned on it heavily when she walked.
As I talked with the woman, I began to feel like God wanted me to pray for her feet. I was thinking, “OK, I can pray for her feet. I’ll just put my hand on her shoulder if that’s ok with her.”
But then I heard the Lord tell me to lay hands on her feet. Are you kidding me? I really didn’t want to put my hands on her feet. That’s just gross isn’t it? It doesn’t really matter whose feet they are it’s not normal to go around touching others feet. That kind of activity gets a person pepper sprayed. How do you even ask someone if you can put your hands on their feet? Weird.
But then I thought of Jesus on His hands and knees washing the feet of His disciples. Can we even imagine how gross their feet were? Think about kind of shoes fishermen would wear. Their feet were probably nastier than any of our feet have ever been.
But that didn’t stop Jesus. His love for them was greater than the condition of their feet. He wanted to serve them and a little grime wasn’t going to stop Him. That’s a mighty kind of Love!
So I looked at the woman again and asked her if I could put my hands on her feet and pray for them. She said “yes” without hesitation. I prayed as I felt the Lord lead me to pray.
When I was done I asked her if anything felt different. She told me that when I was praying she felt shocks going through her feet. The sensations were great enough to cause her to open her eyes and look down.
I asked her to stand up and see if anything felt different. She stood up and without the assistance of her cane walked back and forth in front of me with a look of amazement on her face. She even bent over and picked up a can off of the ground just to see if she could do it and she did without problem.
She left that day carrying her cane instead of using it. We must not let outward circumstances prevent us from loving as Jesus did and does today. Our model continues to point us to life. If Jesus did it then we should be doing it too!
Jesse and Kara Birkey