Jesus knew…he had come from God and would return to God. —John 13:3
You knew they’d been landlocked from their full-on charge into the ocean which was often coupled by their squeals or shouts of delight. I’m talking about water lovers who had not been to the beach in a long time and, no matter how perfect or imperfect the ocean was at the time of their arrival, these enthusiasts were going to get wet not with trepidation but zest. Their great splashing, raucous cheering, and obvious delight could all be seen from the lifeguard stand where I would sit with a partner during a golden time in my past.
Maybe you’ve also seen this celebration at a beach near and dear to your heart. While I’ve just described one extreme, there is another—the person who inches their way into the picturesque water which is just the right temperature. This is the experienced person who knows what is out there and calmly enters the water at the pace of a bride down the aisle where the processional is a bit too slow.
Water fans who rushed into the waves when they first arrived never reenter the water like they did after having been away for too long. If they are able to come back for a consecutive day or two, they ease into the ebb and flow of the tide.
Jesus knew God like many can know the ocean. Because he knew he had come from God and would return to God, he served others, including the disciples, like no one could.
We can charge into a God experience with the thrill of a landlover who, now wet, has spent too much time on dry ground. In (or near) the water, we can also know we come from God, which is a joy, and, at some point, we know we will return to God, which is yet another joy.
PRAYER: Oh Lord, because Jesus knew where he came from and where he was going, he served others—including the disciples when he washed their feet. Whether in or near the water ourselves, may we know and experience God enough to serve others, too. Amen.