Sun warmed breezes over a calm, clear lake.
Young voices expressing the joy of warm water on their sun kissed limbs.
A small gray cloud bank on the northwest horizon as waterfront time closes.
Campfire inside as the cloud bank billows.
Weather alerts on adult cell phones.
The difficult, but prudent decision to move all the campers and staff to the retreat center right at bedtime.
Once there, the only hint of a storm was the light show out the distant window. In our shelter we could not hear the thunder, the howling winds, or the twisting and cracking of branches and entire trees.
When we returned to our cabins, it was pitch dark and raining, so it was morning before the damage was seen.
What a mess it was!
Branches, some large, most small, were strewn across the playing field like all the plastic tags from the day’s game time.
One large, ancient tree finally gave in to this final storm—for the tree—of hundreds of storms.
Rather than my normal morning walk, I began to pick up branches. As I worked my way across the parking lot and sidewalks, I noticed that my new walking shoes were getting soiled.
It reminded me that getting involved in the disarray of the world rubs off on me. While I don’t choose the dirt, it is unavoidable.
And when I come away from it, I need to rest.
To submit to having my feet washed.
The gospel of John relates Peter’s response to the Lord’s final act of service before his great sacrifice.
“so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
“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!” (John 13:4-9)
Life is full of storms.
Storms make messes.
We need to help remove the debris, even if some of the dirt gets on us.
After helping getting rid of the rubble, we need to go to our Savior.
Allow him to minister to your need, refreshing you to go back out for more clean up of the wreckage all around us.