John 13:6–9 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!”
There are times when I am face-to-face with circumstances I know to be truly from God, but I have no idea why. “Really, Abba? THIS is happening?” Or, “Father, what I see you putting into play here – it seems completely inefficient and counter intuitive. It should be this way, not THAT way!” So pretentious are my thoughts and so easily swayed to doubt! I, like Peter, am quick to question, quick to say, “No Lord! You shall NEVER!” He, so loving, is quick to reassure. “…but if you won’t surrender and allow me to do this, you chose no part of me.” Peter could have gone on and said: “After ‘what’ will I understand? Can’t we do it this way instead?'” Peter instead jumps all-in: “then give me a bath!” He didn’t just want a “part,” he was ready for it ALL. With simple reassurance Peter stopped questioning and was ready to recklessly jump in without an further question. Impulsive, I know – but his wholehearted-two-feet-in and all that comes with it encourages me.
I’m sure there are more theological applications to this. But both Jesus’ loving response to Peter and Peter’s brazen passion inspire me. May we be encouraged to listen to HIS voice reassuring us to trust Him with all our hearts. May we be incited to quickness and respond with Peter’s “all-in” attitude when He calls us to obey and accept His will – even if we don’t understand.