As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “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 10:38-42 (NIV)
Here I am Lord. I have come to listen. I have chosen to sit at your feet. I have come to a complete stop. I have left the hurry and the noise of my life behind. I have set aside my seemingly all important to do list. I have come to choose what is better. There is no place I would rather be than in your presence. There is nothing I would rather do than to listen to you. My heart and mind and life are open to you. You have my full attention. That is very good.
Why have you made this decision? What makes you certain that you have definitely chosen what is better? What gives you confidence that you are not wasting your valuable time? I am somewhat of an expert on wasting time. How so? I have bounced around from one thing to another. I have done some of this and some of that. My life has not had a sharp focus or a clear direction. Do you know why that is? Yes, I do. I’m listening. In the past, I have not chosen to come to sit at your feet. I have done what seemed good to me. I followed my own wisdom. I listened to my own guidance. I gave myself my own instructions. I did what was good and right in my own eyes. How has that worked out for you? Not well. I have walked a crooked path from one thing to another. I have made mistakes. I have taken missteps. I have gone the wrong direction. I can’t tell you how many times I have had to retrace my steps and start over. There is no need for you to tell me. I already know.
What have you learned? I have learned that if I want to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name I must come to sit at your feet. I have learned that if I want to know and do your will I must come to sit at your feet. I have learned that apart from you I can do nothing that will amount to anything of eternal value. Those are all valuable lessons. So, now you have chosen to come to sit at my feet. Yes Lord, I have. That is very good. You have chosen what is far better.
Lord, I’ve done a lot of running around here, there and everywhere trying to get everything on my to do list done. All this activity has pushed you way into the background of my life. No more! I am here now at your feet. Teach me. Amen
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