“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 (NIV)
There is a lesson in that one word. What’s that? There is a lesson in what word? Sit. You have had a very hard time sitting still. It has been even harder for you to sit still and be quiet. The hardest of all for you has been to sit still, be quiet and listen attentively. You do know me. I like to be constantly on the move. Silence makes me uncomfortable. I’d much rather talk than listen. How well have these qualities served you? What do you mean? How has being unable or unwilling to sit still, be quiet and listen attentively hindered you from knowing me? How has lacking these qualities hindered you from being taught by me? I see your point. What’s my point? You want me to learn to sit still, be quite, and listen attentively at your feet so that I can come to know you. You want me to be able to hear from you so that I can be taught by you. Yes, I do.
This is going to be difficult. This is going to be a battle. This will require discipline. I will need your help. What are you saying? What are you asking for from me? I want to sit still before you. I want to be quiet so I can hear you. I want to listen attentively so that you can teach me. What’s the problem? You know me. Yes, I know you. It will take every once of my strength to sit still, be quiet and listen attentively. You are worried that you won’t be able to do it. I know that I won’t be able to do it. Why is that? I have tried to develop these habits of sitting still, being quiet, and listening attentively to you. My own efforts have always ended in miserable failure.
Would you like my help? Yes Lord, I desperately need your help. Will you rely on me for my help? Yes Lord, I will rely on you. Do you really want to leave your life of busyness? Do you really want my peace and calm to come into your life? Do you really want to stop being frustrated and frantic? Will you stop racing from one thing to another? Yes Lord, I want all that you have for me. Then set a time and a place to meet with me everyday. Make the time short and the place special. Start small and I will grow in you the desire to sit still, be quiet and listen attentively to me. You will begin to hear from me. You will come to know me. You will know that I am teaching you. I will strengthen you. I will make you able. My efforts in you will not end in miserable failure. Come now and sit at my feet. Yes Lord, I will.
Lord, I have been busy. I have been worried and upset about many things. I have been frantic and frustrated. I have raced through life from one thing to another. Bring your peace into my life as I sit at your feet. Teach me. Guide me. Change me. Use me. Amen
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