Yesterday, after Simeon had gotten dirty after playing, I was washing his feet in the sink and all of the sudden was humbled at the sight I saw. I was washing his little feet in the sink with soap and water and I couldn’t help but be reminded of Jesus washing His disciples feet and what that signified. In true Jesus form He was showing, very evidently His servant heart. I was humbled in the fact that I’m not sure I have ever viewed in this significant way the servant-like heart I should have, just like Jesus had with his disciples with my son. Of course I ‘serve’ him in many ways, getting him meals, playing together, teaching him, putting him to bed, etc. But I started thinking am I really “SERVING” him as Jesus was a servant to his disciples. Let me clarify, I don’t think I should be his maid, give him everything he wants, etc…Jesus didn’t do that with his disciples either, but the significance of the statement Jesus made by washing his disciples’ feet was something set aside for a literal servant in this time. It was something a King like Jesus would do. I guess I am saying, when we think of the mundane things we do each day for our kids, maybe taking a different view on it is what we need.
An additional thing I thought about during this experience was that Simeon is a vessel for me to learn through. For those of you who have kids, you probably understand this. Simeon teaches me lessons all the time, not knowingly, but he certainly does and he will continue to. I need to make sure I am open to LEARNING from Simeon, not just teaching him. I certainly don’t get it right all the time, but being open to it, I am learning is very important. I also see him all the time just being who he is, but influencing those around him. He opens so many doors for conversation wherever we go just by being SIMEON! What a great lesson!
When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.