He sat down in a metal chair, so he could put his socks and shoes back on after completing the baptisms. Paulina made her way across the yard to David, carrying a pail of water, a towel draped over one arm. Kneeling before him, she gently washed his feet, then dried them, and put his socks and shoes back on. Once she had finished, she glanced up at him with a smile.
After the baptisms were finished, the children were allowed to play in the pool. Shouts of glee and delight filled our ears, as the children splashed and played in the water. But my mind was not on the joy of the children.
My mind was occupied with what I had just witnessed. God had allowed me to experience a holy moment. He showed me Paulina’s heart and what true meekness really looks like. I could see she had humility, and was strong in her faith in Jesus Christ.
Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.~John 13:14 NIV
David Phelps had led a mission team from Georgia to Reynosa, Mexico, where we ministered at Maranatha Evangelista, the church where Daniel and Adamina Guerra pastored. That particular day, a baptism service had been held in a small, private swimming pool. Paulina had been the only adult baptized, along with fourteen children.
David and team member, Pastor Wes Moye, had assisted Pastor Daniel with the baptisms. Paulina’s act of mercy was the result of her love for God and her love for David, who had ministered among the people of Maranatha twice a year for a long time.
Although He [Jesus Christ] was their Master, He did not hesitate to kneel before them in this act of service.~Evelyn Mason Wells, contributing author to Just Breathe
In John 13, we read about Jesus washing His disciples’ feet. Why did He do this? Jesus used foot washing as an example of service to others. Although He was their Master, He did not hesitate to kneel before them in this act of service. He was not only showing His disciples what true service to others looked like, He was teaching those of us who were to come later. In like manner, Paulina’s kind act of service to David left an everlasting impression on me. She wasn’t trying to show off. Her humble act of kindness was just that.
God can be found in ordinary places. We just have to keep our eyes open.
In what other ways can you live out the kindness of Jesus?
Father God, in the Name of Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit, fill my heart with love for others.
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EVELYN MASON WELLS
Evelyn Mason Wells is an award-winning author who has contributed to Heart Renovation: A Construction Guide to Godly Character (2019 Selah finalist, Lighthouse Bible Studies), Glimmers of Heavenly Light (Faith Books & More), Let the Earth Rejoice (Worthy Inspired), Breaking the Chains (2018 Selah finalist, Lighthouse Bible Studies), Just Breathe (Worthy/Ellie Claire), and Feed Your Soul with the Word of God (Lighthouse Bible Studies).
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Evelyn is an Editor, Bible study writer, and devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More. She is a contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships (VineWords Publishing).
Passionate about glorifying God through her writing and speaking, Evelyn enjoys spending time on short-term mission trips, both domestic and foreign. She was recently blessed with an opportunity to speak/minister in Uganda.
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