Everyone in health care has their least favorite body part to deal with; speaking of our patients. I have worked with nurses who get sick around any type of bodily excretion; for others it’s odors. My personal issue was feet. Let me tell you I have taken care of many folk’s feet through the years. Whether it was dressing wounds, washing or applying treatments or just massaging them. Once I was dressing a foot and some gangrenous digits decided to loose themselves from the rest of the foot. Some things a person cannot ‘unsee’. When our feet become affected by some disease it’s usually not pretty. I never shirked my duty; just donned double gloves! After all, the folk are there for help. On the other side of the coin, most folk are embarrassed that you are working with their feet. So putting them at ease is the first step.
Personally speaking I don’t think I would mind it if there were a need. But, I worked for a boss whose church believed in foot washing. She invited my wife and I there for a special service. Yes, it was to include washing. No way! Nobody is washing my feet! Does this bring anyone to mind? “He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head” (John 13:4-9). Would you respond the same way as Peter? I am repulsed by the thought of the Saviour washing my feet, but I must realize it was an example in humility and servitude. To think that God Almighty washed an earthling’s feet is not what you would expect from Royalty.
One theologian offers, “… another person had entered into the room. There was an uninvited guest present. His name was Satan. We speak of thirteen persons in the Upper Room, but actually, there were fourteen because Satan was there. Satan put into the heart of Judas Iscariot to betray Him. Wherever the Devil gets into Christian work, others are affected and the Lord must wash them. He must wash us if we are to have fellowship with Him.” With that said, we all should agree we need running through the car wash routinely. Please never stop washing me Lord.