Have you ever met big stumbling blocks while trying your best to get one step ahead?
We try to get caught up on housework, decorate for a new season, prepare weekly meals ahead of time, or work to exhaustion with consideration for what lies ahead for our children.
We continually attempt to mentally and physically prepare and serve, only to have the baby get sick, to have a water pipe burst, or to realize we're actually two loads of laundry behind because said sick child just created a whole new load.
We are a society of moms who feel we are back peddling most days. We try to be all and do all to glorify God in our homes, community, marriages, and parenting. We want the adorably decorated homes, Pinterest-worthy dinners, God-glorifying marriages, and well-versed, well-mannered, God-serving children. And then the unexpected happens. What if those blocks we encounter on the journey to organization and perfection are not meant to be mishaps, hindrances, or torture?
What if Jesus is simply trying to stop us in our tracks so we will sit in His presence and in His love?
This is why I love the story of Jesus’ visit with Mary and Martha. Martha invites Jesus into her home. Like most women, she is so focused (distracted, even) on preparing, serving, and cleaning she misses precious, necessary time sitting in God’s grace as He intimately loves and teaches.
However, Mary, Martha’s sister, is not focused on the responsibilities. She simply wants to savor every drop of the Lord’s presence. She wants to sit at His feet and listen to His wisdom and guidance with intention, love, and adoration. She wants to be consumed with Jesus in the short time she has by simply being physically and emotionally present.
Martha realizes she is slaving away on all that “needs” to be done to fulfill her daily duties and entertain their distinguished guest. She’s frustrated and angry with her sister’s “lack” of help and enthusiasm towards showering God with their service. She demands that Jesus ask for Mary’s assistance. His response will soften every mother’s overwhelmed and underprepared heart:
“Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things. Only one thing is necessary and Mary has chosen what's best. It will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41-42, NIV)
What?! You mean Jesus would rather us lay our burdens and duties down just to sit at His feet? The thought of this is foreign to most of us. Our hearts are heavy with juggling work, to-do lists, extracurriculars, responsibilities, and feelings of inadequacy. It’s easy to assume God decides our worth by how much we do well and achieve. But His love and mercy is not dependent on what we do or don’t do.
He just wants us. Maybe those blocks in our finely tuned schedules force us to drop our guard and reprioritize our focus — to just to sit on our knees and look up to bask in His glory.
Oh, what freedom! He favors us so much, He prefers we put down our distractions to simply be with Him… all so He can love us more.
It’s my experience that the more I give of myself (not necessarily my actions) to Christ, the more He provides the means to get me back on track.
So, when we’re overwhelmed and frustrated with setbacks, remember, it may be God’s way of planting us at His feet. Afterall, it’s from our knees where we really see and experience His goodness and wisdom.
Word of the Day:
In all your ways, submit to Him and He will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:6, NIV)
Thank you for loving us so much. You know when we need to slow down and steep in Your glory. When our schedules are blocked, help us to be grateful for the opportunity to slow down and gaze at you. God, thank You for caring about our hearts and our relationship with You MORE than all the things we can accomplish. Thank You for helping us reprioritize our lives to live in freedom and to root ourselves in the promise of Your love. I pray all moms find comfort and peace when You place us at Your feet instead of lost in frustration and inadequacy of the daily hustle and bustle. May we remember to glorify You in our responsibilities, but also with intimacy and stillness. In your loving name, Amen.
Author: Candace Koon