My mind is cluttered, unorganized and captivated with a lot of specific, pretty-big-to-me things. In my avoidance, and quite frankly procrastination, I neglected the very first thing I typically love to do, spending quiet time with my Savior and King. As I begin to write it is “technically” still morning, but that is beside the point.
Our Savior calls for our “first fruits” always and in ALL things, not just our tithes and offerings, but in our time, our talent, and our treasure.
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
Dedicated, resolved and down-right determined, I open my devotional, my bible at my right and finally spending some alone time with God when He breaks open His mighty word so intentionally that it is unmistakable. The words jump off the page. My eyes are wide open, “No way!” I say to myself. Yes way! He not only brought to light exactly, I literally mean verbatim, what I was troubled with. He also gave me a game plan outlining where and what my priorities are. He lights my path without me even asking him to .. even asking Him to yet.
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path Psalm 119:105 (NIV)
You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. Psalm 16:11 (NIV)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
Reluctantly, dragging my feet I submit to Him and what does He do but open His arms far and wide, and love on me. Undeserving, yet oh so grateful He did and He does.
How did He know? How does He know?
God is omnipotent, omnipresent, all knowing and almighty. It is miraculous to me how God is in the smallest of details. He cares about all that burdens our heart, all that renders us sleepless, all that troubles our souls. He longs to spend time with us. That’s all, nothing more, nothing less. He does not keep a list of wrongs. He does not mark down all the times we did not spend time with Him. He loves us unconditionally and in spite of our sinful, selfish nature.
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3
One of my favorite bible stories is of the tale of two sisters, Martha and Mary who spend time with Jesus. Each time I read it I have a cinematic version playing in my head. The scene begins with Jesus entering the village of Martha and Mary. The story unfolds like this:
Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her. Luke 10:38-42 (HCSB)
Pretending I am Martha, it is not a far stretch by any means, my first instinct is to be offended, get upset and plead my case that “I” am doing all the right and necessary things, all the while pointing my finger at Mary, when SNAP, Jesus puts me in my place telling me I have it all wrong and that I am to give myself permission to be still and spend time with him just like Mary is. What? That’s right, I am to give Jesus all my attention rather than stay in the hustle and bustle of preparing the meal, cleaning, etc.
Do you find that you are more like Martha or Mary?
This is one of my favorite stories because I know exactly what Jesus takes great delight in. It is not a parable to be interpreted, it is a very real event. Just as it is my favorite it is also my not-so-favorite because I am most like Martha, busy in the chores, “to-do” lists and endless responsibilities of life. I’m a single mom to 3 boys.
If I don’t do it who will? – Rhetorical question –
In the eyes of Jesus none of this matters. We should step away from the business of the meal prep, the never ending dishes and simply sit at His feet. This is hard for me. Is it as difficult for you too? Now, don’t leave me hanging.
I should have cast my cares and worries days ago, but none of that matters. I am doing it now. No matter how trivial, mundane or small they may be I cast my cares at His feet. I will take great delight in watching His delight and provision for me, especially today.
“God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your care on Him, because He cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:5-7 (HCSB)
Sit at His feet and take great delight in Jesus. Cast your cares. He is waiting.
In His love, M xo
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