Thursday: 21st September, 2018
Reference text: Luke 7:36-50
Luke 7:38 And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.
Somehow, even though I have pictured the woman mentioned in today’s Gospel at the feet of Jesus, looking at what she did: washing His feet with her tears and then going as far as wiping them with her hair, she was in no position to let any of those precious drops go to waste. Thus, for whatever reason, I only imagined a forward approach from her because that was the logical position from which the most access to Jesus’ feet was available.
Therefore, today was a real eye opener when I saw the words ‘she stood at his feet behind him’. What followed this revelation was: ‘oh, how that tells our story with God’. We have grown up with an understanding of a God who is so perfect that in our imperfections, we dare not approach Him. Very much like a child who does their very best to avoid their father’s gaze after they are caught doing something wrong: they would very much like it if they could only see his back.
My dear, I know that the eyes of others can tell a whole story without a single word: they can communicate love or sadness, trust or betrayal, even judgement or compassion. Nevertheless, had this woman dared and being any bolder to look into the eyes of Jesus, she would have seen a fountain of love, mercy and compassion- she would have seen in them the words ‘you are now forgiven’. God calls you today to this fountain of Love, forgiveness and peace: not as a judge, but as a loving father.
Remember # don’t be afraid to look into God’s eyes because all there is to see is boundless Love for you.