Now I'm not suggesting that you stop taking care of your home and your children. But the never ending to-do lists can be a drain on your energy. And you may find that life is passing you by and you seem to get nothing of significance done.
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Remember the story of Martha and Mary in Luke 10:38-42? Jesus was in their home and Martha was doing what a normal host would do, right? She was preparing the food to serve and all the other preparations. And frankly, she was a bit frustrated with her sister Mary who was sitting at Jesus' feet, listening to what He said. I can understand Martha's frustration as she told Jesus to tell Mary to help her. But what did Jesus say in verses 41-42?
"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."
When I spent time alone in the mountains last week, there was one evening when I was so tempted to leave the quiet and return home. I missed my husband and I became lonely.
I've become so used to being active and productive. I may spend long hours working online but I feel like I'm helping out and being very useful. Being alone in the mountains almost seemed like ...running away from responsibility.
But by the next morning, that temptation left me. I knew I needed to be right there alone with the Lord. And I also realized that during this time, He was peeling a layer off my heart. I was getting a bit scared by that and wanted to avoid it. It wasn't something conscious at first but I realized that if I had gone home, I would have missed out on this time for the Lord to do a work in me.
Listen to what I read from my devotional "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young that next morning.
Relax in my healing, holy Presence. Allow Me to transform you through this time alone with Me. As your thoughts center more and more on Me, trust displaces fear and worry. Your mind is somewhat like a seesaw. As your trust in Me goes up, fear and worry automatically go down. Time spent with Me not only increases your trust; it also helps you discern what is important and what is not.
Energy and time are precious, limited entities. Therefore, you need to use them wisely, focusing on what is truly important. As you walk close to Me, saturating your mind with Scripture, I will show you how to spend your time and energy. My Word is a lamp to your feet; My Presence is a Light for your path.
The Lord continued to reveal things to me during this time alone. The clouds of discouragement began to leave me and were replaced with a spirit of Hope. If I had given in and gone home, I would have missed out on my Mary time of sitting at the feet of Jesus.
How about you?
Do you ever get caught up in busyness and realize you are simply avoiding what's really important? Are you fearful of opening up your heart? Are you so used to running about all day that when you sit down you feel like you're being lazy?
Blessings and love,