My kids are both sleeping. That is really huge. Like that never happens anymore. And the sun is shining on me and a gorgeous Autumn breeze is coming through my kitchen window. I try to live a thankful life, but there are just moments that overwhelm me with thankfulness. Sometimes all a mom needs is both kids to sleep at once, ha!
A thought dropped into my mind last week and hasn’t left, so I thought I’d share it with you.
38 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.
39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.
40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
[Luke 10:38-40 KJV]
So we have two sisters. Mary & Martha. Martha is working, serving guests, cooking, and cleaning. Running like a chicken with her head cut off, if she’s anything like I get when I have guests come! She gets a bit upset because her sister is just sitting around at Jesus’ feet. She does like a lot of us do when we approach Jesus…complains…and in our minds, rightfully so. I mean, there are at least 13 guests in their home, if not more, and Mary isn’t lifting a finger. Martha is doing what is expected of her, and I think she feels that Jesus will give it to Mary. It must have been a surprise when Jesus responded. But, as always, Jesus had a lesson for her (and every other woman under the sun).
41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
He first tells Martha she is worried about many things. She probably thought, “Well, yes…isn’t that my job?!” Doesn’t God give women an extra bone called the worry-bone? No? Okaay. He proceeds to tell her three things.
- One thing is needful.
- Mary hath chosen that good part.
- What Mary chose can’t be taken from her.
Jesus…God in flesh…Savior of the world…was in their home. Mary chose what was needed. She chose to sit at His feet, to hear Him speak. She chose what couldn’t be taken from her.
Everything in this life is temporary. It all can be taken in an instant. Being with Jesus cannot EVER be taken away. Like I said, a lesson women from Martha through time have needed to learn. We can get so busy…so caught up with our every day. We have husbands, children, a house to keep up, jobs, grocery shopping, guests coming, church ministries, obligations, etc., etc., etc. All very important and worthy things. So how do we take Jesus’ advice, slow down, and not allow ourselves to be troubled by so much?
By sitting at His feet.
3 things came to my mind when I thought about sitting at Jesus’ feet in our day:
- Prayer – I’m sure this is the quite obvious one. We NEED prayer to spiritually survive. You may be able to go a few days and think you are doing okay, but slowly things start to disintegrate around you. To get beyond that roller coaster of surviving and barely hanging on, we have to have a daily prayer life. That looks so different for everyone. I have started to get into a somewhat routine of waking up between 5-5:30 each morning to have my alone time. It happens more and more regularly, but not every day. Those nights when the kids take turns waking me up on the hour…not so much. But God has been showing me, my focused prayer doesn’t have to look so neat and pretty. My kids are starting to get used to me praying while they are eating breakfast – ignoring their play and talking to each other. When I drop to my knees for a time mid-day, sometimes they curl up next to me quietly (or my daughter, face buried in her hands, “Oh Jesus!” 🙂 ), and other times they crawl on my back, pull my hair, and aren’t so quiet. But I just keep praying. And it works! Just like those mornings I can get up with the roosters. Something special is happening during those times also. They are learning to pray regardless of what life is handing them. Forget about perfectly planned out days. If you have kids, you know by now it rarely happens. Choose the good part and sit at His feet in prayer at any moment of your day.
- Knowledge/Understanding/Wisdom – I know all three of these have different meanings, which is why I felt the need to include each one. All through the scripture as Jesus walked this earth, He was teaching. If you were sitting at His feet, you most likely were being taught. “The Kingdom of Heaven is like…” “Love your neighbor…” Everything He spoke had a message. We have those words to read today. We can sit at His feet and hear His word. We need to. There are so many scriptures (start thumbing through Proverbs alone) talking about having knowledge, getting understanding and wisdom. Did you know that He will give wisdom LIBERALLY to all who ask? Pray for wisdom as you read your Bible each day and see what starts to happen. We can’t walk through this life ignorant or unlearned of what God wants for us. Not only does learning make us a better person, it can save us from a world of hurt. “I didn’t know that,” isn’t a get out of jail free card.
- Worship/Lifestyle – Reading this setting got my mind thinking about another lady who sat at Jesus’ feet. She poured her alabaster box of perfume out on Him. Everything her life represented was in that box. Everything she had was poured out onto Him in worship. Our life is our worship. What we let consume us is what we worship. God calls us all to something. It’s different for everyone. What has He called you to? Serving? Teaching? Hospitality? The list is long. We are all different. Our personalities are different. Some are quiet, some outgoing. But we are all called to serve in meekness, humility, having a quiet spirit, and true charity. While we all have different gifts, we are called to have the same spirit of worship behind the use of them. This brings glory to God.
How are you choosing the good part? I don’t believe Mary was lazy. I’m sure she had been working and doing all the same things as Martha. The difference was, when Jesus walked in the room, she chose what couldn’t be taken from her.