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When I was a teenager – My BFF de l’année made a random statement that has seemingly changed my life. She said “I love it when its 11:11, it’s the only time all the numbers on the clock are the same”. I clearly remember thinking “Um, ok – whatever”. I also very clearly remember an overwhelming need to wash that girls feet. I nearly begged her. She though it was so weird and I really couldn’t explain why it had to be done.

It wasn’t until many years later – I can’t say for sure how many, but certainly better than a decade – that I began seeing 11:11 ALL THE TIME! I have explained many times that if it shows up on the clock 14 times in a week, I probably see it at lease 10 times. My ex-husband said it was all in my head and that I had trained my brain to check the time at 11:11 each day. C’mon?! Once we had a power failure which caused the clock to stop. As you know, when clocks lose time, they flash until the correct time is restored. Well, the clock, which had lost time, was flashing 11:11. Did I train my brain to see this?Then, it was emails, receipts, signs on the side of the road, addresses – the 11’s were everywhere!

I began pointing it out to my children. It took a year or two before they finally accepted that it was C-R-A-Z-Y how often it was appearing to me. I finally had to ask myself WHY? What was the significance of this number in my life. Now, in my latter 20’s – I began recalling the friend from so many years ago and the feet washing. I had since re-established my devout Christianity and in doing so learned the power of washing feet. I immediately came to believe that the 11’s were God’s way of saying “Hello dear, I’m here” to me. I treasure the sightings. Often, I fall to my knees and thank God for being so faithful, wonderful and obviously present in my life.  My children now send me messages at 11:11 just to say they love me. That too – is God!!!

November 11th, 2011. I was SURE something wildly significant was going to happen this day. Back when I was still spending time with “mary jane” I was often terrified that this day would be my last day. Before I found myself single I was sure this would be my wedding day.  I just felt as though it had to be something monumentous. I took the day off of work (suffering the teasing of my co-workers), I no longer felt it would be my last day but still very much believed it would be an important day.  The significant thing that happened for me this day was not my wedding, nor my death, nor the end of the world as we know it. This day, I found myself in the presence of the POWER of the Lord.

There is a testimony that supports this tale, which I will bring to you in the days to come – but for now, know this – A man who never knew the Lord as I do – a man who never prayed out loud because he couldn’t  – a man who once was lost…. PRAYED, TO GOD, WITH FAITH, OUT LOUD, FOR ME.  It may be a moment longer before you are able to understand what this truly means.

I challenge you to google “what the bible says about 11:11” or “spiritual significance of 11:11” or simply “1111” I am not the only one – I am one of the blessed few! 

Let me also share this. The same man who prayed for me this day – told me once of a co-worker who had a “thing” about 11:11 – her name was Christy. When I was on MySpace so many moons ago – I found a random post on a random page that read “11:11 what does it mean”. I befriended the girl on whose page this was found and her name was Christine. The BF whose feet I had to wash…. her name, Christine. My name – well, I imagine you can make a pretty close guess…

His name – my Lord, my Savior, my Father, my Friend, my Redeemer, Jesus Christ 

http://www.biblestudy.org/basicart/what-is-profound-meaning-of-jesus-washing-feet-of-disciples.html

The foot washing ceremony, recorded in John 13:1-17, allows us a window into the character of our Savior. When we apply the lessons of this unique and instructive ritual in our lives, it gives us a better understanding of why some people struggle to find happiness yet never fully achieve it, and why others are brimful and running over with joy.

Immediately upon reading the account, we notice that Christ performs a menial task generally done by the lowliest servant in the household. Jesus says of this in John 13:

You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am.  If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.  For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.  Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master;  nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. ” (John 13:13-16)

AMEN

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