Today is a good day to sit at Jesus’ feet and learn from him.
Yesterday, it was I who got fed at the soup kitchen. Amidst the noise, clatter, chatter and mumbled voices, a homeless woman paused outside the serving window and wept. She was cold, tired, worn, bent and battered by life’s storm tossed seas but also overwhelmed with gratitude at the meal we were serving her. So, she wept. She wept uncontrollably. She told us how thankful she was for the meal that we had prepared. It’s amazing, the transformative power of a hot meal.
So, yesterday I discovered food for my soul at the soup kitchen, and it was a banquet. Sometimes, the real food we need can be found in lowly places like this. The real food is in understanding that at least for one moment, we are exactly where we are supposed to be doing exactly what Christ wants us to do. Those moments are rare but certainly satisfying when they come about.
I have found wisdom in lowly places too. I discovered long ago that true wisdom cannot be found in books or conventional classrooms. Wisdom comes from listening to life. Wisdom comes from engaging life. Sometimes, we can find people who are wise in lowly places and when we do, we have found a treasure and it can be exhilarating to sit and listen to them. I fully believe that until we learn to seek wisdom properly, we will starve.
The Apostle Paul weighed in on the matter. He told us that God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things to cancel out the things this world holds as valuable. [1 Corinthians 1:28]
Sometimes, I just think we have been looking in all the wrong places for the things that truly satisfy in life. Much of the time, we have it all backwards. Jesus hung out with the lowly and the despised. Maybe today is a good day to sit at his feet and simmer over his words, “…learn from me, I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” [Matthew 11:29b]