How long has it been since you soaked in the daily presence of God?

Since you slowed down so much so that instead of busying yourself to serve Jesus, you simply sat at His feet, loved on Him and learned from Him?

There is a beautiful story found in the book of Luke, chapter 10 and here we meet two sisters, Mary and Martha...

I imagine Martha as a busy woman. I see her with an honest desire to serve those in her world with great love and care as she cleans and prepares a meal. I think her love language might be acts of service. She’s a home entrepreneur, sassy, brave, bold and seemingly can handle whatever comes knocking at her door… even the Son of God. Yet, Martha some how misses what is most important… she is simply too busy.

Gosh I feel her burden and pain…

Too busy to lean into what is of most value in the treasured moments God gifts to us in this very short space of time in all eternity.

Mary chose what was better…

She chose what was of greatest value right now. She chose what would bear the most fruit in her life, she chose what would help her to live freely and lightly in the days to come.

Jesus was here, present, ready and willing to teach Martha things of great value, things that would help her become the woman He created her to be, to help her see what truly matters in life and how to tend generously to those things.

Martha was consumed by worldly pressures of hospitality…

Mary knew what was of more value.

Mary knew that the word Jesus would speak would be come her “foundation words, words to build a life on.”

She leaned in and learned how to, “…work the words into her life,”

Mary would come to know that sitting at the feet of Jesus was not wasting time, but it was a place she would learn to be, “…like a smart carpenter, who dug deep and laid the foundation of his house on bedrock. When the river bursts it’s banks and crashed against the house, nothing could shake it; it was built to last.” – Luke 6:48 (MSG)

Mary chose what was better…

She knew what she valued most, she knew how to prioritise what was most important right now. She threw custom and schedule out the window and tended to what was of greatest value.

How many times do we forget this way of living? How many life lessons do we miss because our schedules and to do lists are so jam packed we don’t have time or space to look and see what is of greatest value in the moments we are in?

A couple of weeks ago I sat in the Tuscon Botanical Garden, a stunning space of beauty in the middle of the Arizona Desert. I had scheduled a day of rest after a busy book tour and thought what better place to find rest than in a garden. So I moved slowly through the space, I took time to look at, explore, read and smell all the sights and then I sensed God ask me to sit still on the dusty, stone bench seat. I sat myself under tree, out of the dry Arizona heat and looked around for a short while, I breathed deep and went to go.

I hesitated...

I sensed Him asking me to linger longer…

So I went and sat again…

This time I just sat and looked around, allowed my eyes to linger over everything. I was still. Be still the bible says, be still…

Right then my eyes became truly open, I saw small creatures I would never had seen if I hadn’t been still long enough and right there I became even more aware of how stillness opens our eyes, it helps us to see what we’d never have seen even meandering slowly through that space.

Be still…

Right there, in the middle of the Arizona Desert I was working the Word of God into my life and almost instantly seeing the fruit of that. Being still allowed me to be grounded... aware that God was present and holding all things together... being still helped me to know God as the One who holds all things and is in all things.

Mary had chosen to work Jesus’ words into her life as she sat at His feet…

Martha was missing it…

Jesus longed for her to enter in...

Pride perhaps got the better of her...

There He revealed truths and teachings that would help her to live in the fullness of all this gift of life has to offer…

Mary was learning how to walk with and work with Jesus…

There she’d learn the unforced rhythms of grace… the ability to live freely and lightly in His presence…

“learn from me…” He whispers

 “…for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls…”

Learn from Me…

Learn from Jesus…

Lean into all he has to say, all he has to teach us…

            Work His words into your life..

                        Then you will find REST for your souls.

"Listening to and learning from Jesus guides us to find rest for our souls." (See my article over at Enliven women for more on this).

 Martha didn’t quite understand how sitting at the feet of Jesus would be the better choice. She didn’t see that the time spent learning from Him would benefit her more than a clean house and a meal prepared right now, in this moment of time. She lived by the, “It needs to be done now” mantra, instead of learning to take the time to listen to and learn from Jesus. She allowed outside pressures to scream louder than her inward yearnings.

He was there right now, in their home…

The Word made flesh…

Yet Martha pushed time with Him aside to be in the kitchen… to get the stuff that needed to get done, done.

Martha failed to realise that taking the time now with Jesus would benefit her life greatly for the days ahead. She failed to see that learning His teachings whilst He was readily available would set her up for that life of rest. It would teach her how to live freely and lightly in her daily walk with the Lord.

The beauty of this picture is that when Martha complained, Jesus beckons her to come learn with them too. Yes He is pretty blunt, but there is no judgement but an open invitation to drop what she is doing and to choose what is of greater value.

What about you?

Are you taking the time prioritise scheduling in spending time at the feet of Jesus daily?

Are you coming to Him to learn how to live freely and lightly in your daily?

What can you do today to prioritise some time in your week to sit at the feet of Jesus and learn from Him?

Challenging hey?

But SO worth it!

Big love,

xx

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