Tonight I watched our President on an episode of Running Wild with Bear Grylls. In case you aren’t familiar with Bear, he is a nature survivalist. On his show, he takes a celebrity with him to “rough” it in nature for a full day. They may drink water from streams, hike, eat bugs and raw fish, etc. He even talks about drinking his own urine for survival. The President didn’t eat any bugs, but he did eat salmon that was partially eaten by a bear. Bear Grylls cooked it for the President on a rock!
They chatted asking one another a number of questions. One of the questions that the President asked Bear was, when he was young, did he see himself becoming an advocate for nature? Bear answered, that he just loved being outside and that this is what he did with his dad. That he was the kid who could always climb the highest trees. Nature was what he was good at. It made me think about the scripture that says that your gifts will make room for you and put you before great men. It doesn’t say certain gifts… but your gifts. (I gotta do better about tapping into my gifts. How about you?)
Towards the end of the show, Bear, who professes Christianity, asked the President if he could pray for him. Bear did a sidebar and talked about how awkward and humbling it was to ask the President of the United States if he could pray for him. He didn’t feel like it was something he was “worthy” of doing. But, he wanted to offer something to this man who sacrifices so much for his country.
We never know how much our small gestures mean to people. That prayer may have made the President’s day. Who knows.
I’m going to make more of a concerted effort to be a blessing; to be more impactful in some way daily. Even if it’s a smile; a word of encouragement; a helping hand. I think that it’s so important. You don’t have to feel worthy or wait for the majority to give you the ok. Sometimes, you just need to do it because there’s a need.
The poem that I chose to go with this thought is called, The Feet Washer. It is inspired by Luke 7:36-50. There’s a woman who has a reputation for being sinful who sees that Jesus has a need. Some say that this woman was a prostitute. And though she has some issues, she is perceptive, brave and bold enough to take the opportunity to meet Jesus’ need. She didn’t do this because she had provocative motives. She did it because she loved Jesus and saw that something needed to be done. Do we really care about people enough to follow this woman’s example?
THE FEET WASHER
A sin-filled woman went to Simon’s house
to see a man she’d heard about.
He was known to heal the sick, even to give life again.
Some people called him, Master.
Perhaps he’d be her friend.
She said nothing when she saw him, but kneeled down behind his feet.
Oh how precious to behold him, this sister began to weep.
She washed his feet with a river of tears then dried them with her hair.
Anointed them with expensive perfume.
Can imagine the fragrance in the air?
Simon thought, Look at that sin-filled woman and how Jesus is enjoying this!
Does he really know who she is? Is he really a prophet?
Jesus knew what Simon was thinking, then began to let him see all
the lessons who could learn from this woman’s humility.
When I came into your home, you gave me no water for my feet,
no oil for my head, no kiss upon my cheek.
But this sister has not stopped kissing my feet since she came into the room.
She washed them with her tears and anointed them with perfume.
Her sins are now forgiven, washed away behind my feet.
He can do the same for you.
He can make your life complete.
Open up, let him in that your sin-filled life will cease.
And He’ll say to you as he did to her,
Your faith has saved you, go in peace.
Angela B. Alexander