Psalm 37, Luke 10:38-42
Sometimes I wonder why I can’t be still. And I don’t mean fidgeting in the middle of a meeting because I’m bored. I mean being still like David talked about in Psalm 37.
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.
That sounds so good on paper but how different it sounds to actually put one foot in front of the other and act on it. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.
Oh, how I long to be Mary. To be able to stop, sit at Jesus’ feet and listen to what He has to say (Luke 10:39). Without feeling rushed to beat traffic to work. Without getting interrupted by social media or answering emails or anything else that could distract me from His presence. How else am I going to draw closer to Him until I set aside that time?
Too often, one of my first world problems is staying busy. Sometimes I call it glorified “busy”-ness. You know those times when you are asked how you are doing and you respond, “Good…I’m just staying busy!”? We act sometimes as if it is the one, true yellow brick road to success. And almost as if it is something note or praise worthy.
I stay busy because I love it. I love life and don’t want to miss a second of it. If I’m asked by a family member to spend time together, I’m there. If something is asked of me to further 818 Ministries, it’s going to get done. If a friend wants to go hiking or grab frozen yogurt at the drop of a hat, I’m going…because when am I ever going to be 23 and single ever again? None of these are bad things but sometimes I just get a little worn down, exhausted, tired and pour myself out to others too long without refilling my tank and spending time with the Lord.
There are 3 things about the story of Martha and Mary that I absolutely love – specifically about how Mary responds to Jesus entering the village where they lived.
First, she invited Jesus in. How many mornings do I wake up and personally invite Jesus to rule and reign in my life and in my day? This is convicting to me. I want my day to be filled with His presence but if I start my day with social media, working out, fixing lunch and driving (hopefully not all at the same time), how can I expect Him to show up? Let’s invite Him in each day.
Second, she sat at His feet. Mary stopped her business, invited Him in and wanted to listen to Him so intently that she sat at His feet. I long to desire to hear Jesus speak to me to the point where my heart is bent toward His like Mary…needing to be as close as possible to Him in order to communicate and hear Him the best.
Last, she listened to what He had to say. Oftentimes, I am guilty of doing all the talking in my prayer life. I tell God what I want as if I’m the only one that matters. My prayer is to listen intently to the Lord with the hope that my heart will tune itself to His
We can all tend to have a Martha attitude from time to time. Preparing, cooking, cleaning and striving to perfection. But let’s breathe. Let’s invite Him in, sit at His feet and listen intently to what He has to say.
When can you be still before Him and wait patiently for Him today? There, in that place, is where we will truly hear Him.