On Sunday I read Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young and was knocked over by these words:
You live among people who glorify busyness . . . They have bought into the illusion that more is always better: more meetings, more programs, more activity. I have called you to follow me on a solitary path, making time alone with me your highest priority and deepest joy . . . As you walk close to Me, I can bless others through you.
Often, I think I need to do more in order to be a better mother, a better wife, a better citizen, a better Christian. But if I do more at the expense of my alone time with God - an overscheduled day leaves me too tired to get up early, or email creeps into my early morning Bible study time - then what good are all those activities? They start to take away my core.
I know that, but I have trouble living it.
(See! The phone holding the Bible open as I wrote this post.)
Ms. Young uses the classic story of Mary and Martha to illustrate her point. Martha is busy, "distracted by all the preparations," (Luke 10: 40) when Jesus comes to her house. I can totally relate. She keeps working, but her sister, Mary, "sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said." (Luke 10:39) I wish I could relate. Martha complained to Jesus, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!" (Luke 10: 40).
"Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better and it will not be taken away from her." (Luke 10:41-42).
Preparations, activities, meetings, work . . . it will all go away. It can be taken away.
Listening to God's Word, spending time alone with Him . . . that lasts.
I believe this, but it is hard for me to give "highest priority" to quiet time, alone, with God. I tend to feel guilty about it, indulgent. It doesn't always feel productive because I am part of a world that requires immediate results.
I need to work on that. What about you?
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