I was sitting out in the atrium area talking with two of my favorite little girls, Mary and Hannah. Mary, the older sibling, was telling me about her day at school and repeating the memory verse she was suppose to memorize for class. Hannah, the very active younger sibling was trying to get my attention the entire time.
I looked over at Hannah and she said, “Ms. Nikki, your fingernails are so pretty! They are pink! I wish mine were that pretty.” I asked her and Mary if they wanted me to paint their nails. They both giggled with excitement and said, “YES!!” So I went to my office, grabbed some fingernail polish out of my purse, walked back out to the atrium, put their hands on my knee and began painting their nails.
While paint their nails, I could see them whispering to each other and then I overheard Mary say, “No, do not ask her that. It is rude.” I asked what they were whispering about and Hannah immediately looked down to the ground with embarrassment. I asked again and Hannah said, “Your toes are painted too. That is beautiful.”
I looked at both the girls, patted my knee and said, “Put your foot up here, I’ll paint your toes too.” Mary and Hannah’s eye were about to bust out of their head as they looked at each other. Mary quickly said, “Oh no, you don’t have to paint our toes. No, no.” I said, “Sure, put your foot up here. I would love to paint your toes.” Mary, with a little hesitation, took off her sandals and put her foot on my knee. I could tell she felt embarrassed for some reason.
As I placed my hand on the top of her foot, she whispered, “Now I know you truly love us.” I looked at Mary and noticed her eyes had little tears in them. I did not understand what she meant. I asked her why she made that comment. She replied, “You are touching our feet. Now I know you truly love us.” My eyes filled with tears and my heart immediately wanted to bust out of my chest.
I told both girls that I did in fact love them very much, and then shared with them the story of Jesus washing His disciple’s feet. Both of the little girls had heard this story before and were finishing the story before the words could even come out of my mouth. After we were all done telling each other the story of Jesus and His disciples, Hannah jumps up and says, “I bet Jesus painted those toes too!”