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Her Foot in His Hand
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Outside the church I attend is a sculpture by artist Alan Collins called, “Jesus Among Us.” It’s a beautiful life-sized bronze sculpture of Jesus washing the feet of three modern-day disciples. He is kneeling in front of one man sitting on a bench. The man has a shoe off and is offering his foot to Jesus to be washed. A woman on one side and another man on the other flank him. They are dressed in modern-day clothes.

Jesus, however, is wearing what he wore in the Bible story: an inner robe and a towel wrapped around his waste. He’s holding a water jar in one hand that has actual water pouring out of it into a basin below. The other hand is open, as if inviting.

Beside the sculpture is an empty bench where those passing by can sit and contemplate. As I was sitting there after church last week, I couldn’t help but notice a young girl about six years old, studying the sculpture. She walked around to each of the three disciples, getting close to their faces and looking into their eyes.

Look at Jesus

Then she walked over to look at Jesus. Almost reverently, she took off one of her sandals and placed her foot under the trickling water. Then she rested it in Jesus’ open hand. She noticed I was watching her and gave me a cautious look, wondering if she was going to get in trouble. I smiled and asked, “Do you want Jesus to wash your feet, too?” She didn’t speak to me, but smiled and nodded, and then went back to looking at Jesus.

What struck me that day was how comfortable this little girl was with the statue portraying Jesus. How she felt like the invitation for foot washing was extended to her, personally. How she worshipped a God whose hand she could rest her foot in.

And I wondered about us as adults. Are we comfortable with the God we know? Or have we spent too many days, weeks, months or even years without talking to Him, and feel like strangers? Do we have too many years of wrong choices to feel comfortable in His presence?

The same Jesus who said, “ ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these’ ” also said, “ ‘...whoever comes to me I will never drive away’ ” (Matthew 19:14; John 6:37).

He is warm and inviting. Accepting and gentle. Eager to have us feel comfortable enough to rest our foot in His hand.

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