Long ago, God put a call on my heart to write. Eventually that call turned into a blog. With that blog came my prayer and my heart’s desire for those who gather here to feel encouraged, hope-filled, and above all LOVED. Not just loved by me, but loved to pieces by the God of this great big universe! Today, I want to introduce you to Aimee Imbeau, a friend of mine you can find blogging at A Work of Grace. Aimee is so good at sharing the love I’m talking about. Her own life story is one of God’s hope and restoration, so today she weaves the story of Martha and Mary together with that theme. Sit back a moment to rest at His feet. I just know you will be blessed! – Lori
I can just see her, sitting at His feet – she is in a place I long to be. She is comfortable, relaxed…totally at peace. I can see it on her face, in her eyes.
She is with the Prince of Peace, after all.
She hangs on to every word He says. His gentle voice floods her heart with hope, with a new song.
Oh, how I desire to be in her spot.
I have been there before, many times. And every time, I hate to leave. I love being in that place. I love to linger in His presence.
Mary’s story is found in Luke 10:38-42 and it is one of my favourites. It is in this story that I have discovered 4 encouraging truths.
Hope of Rest
Martha is busy. Her day is chaotic with her running about doing this and doing that. She is not at rest. She exemplifies anxiety, fretfulness and irritability.
But not Mary, not her. She exudes rest as she sits at His feet. She has blocked everything else from her mind – worries, her long list of things to do, errands that must be completed, deadlines – likely a very similar list to our own. She purposefully directs her full attention to her Saviour.
She rests in His presence.
It is when I am quiet and listening to His still, small voice that I feel at rest. My heart is not anxious for anything. His words invite rest into my super busy life.
Hope of Restoration
Martha’s worry and uneasiness hinders her from experiencing holy restoration. She is too busy to seek restoration. Her mind is occupied with more ‘important’ things than her own heart. Or maybe she fears what will be found if she stopped to take a closer look at her heart – He might see what is there.Worry and uneasiness hinder us from experiencing holy restoration. Click To Tweet
Mary knows her heart is safe with her Redeemer. She trusts Him with every part of her heart. And that allows Him to restore her. He already knows what is there. He wants to restore what has been lost. But He is a gentleman and won’t come in unless He is invited.
My Saviour speaks truth and life. When I sit at His feet, He speaks directly into the broken parts of my heart. His soothing words comfort the ache deep within my soul. He restores what has been lost – or rather what has been stolen from me.
Sitting at His feet invites Him to restore everything.Sitting at His feet invites Him to restore our hearts. Click To Tweet
Hope of Peace
Martha’s mind is racing with everything that needs to be done. She is obsessing about Mary not helping her. Her annoyance and bitterness is growing and festering with each negative thought towards Mary. Her focus is on life being unfair and Mary being so selfish. She doesn’t radiate peace let alone feel it herself. I wonder if those in her home didn’t even want to be around her because she was so irritated and difficult.
But Mary is different. She is so at peace when she is quiet, when she purposefully quiets her own thoughts and just listens to Him. She isn’t worried about Martha and her nattering. Maybe she doesn’t even hear the clanging of pots in the kitchen. Maybe she isn’t even paying any attention to the loud grumbling coming from the kitchen. And while that likely ticked Martha off even more, Mary continues to choose to be quiet in His peace.
The other guests also feel at peace when they are around her – like she gives them permission to quiet themselves at His feet as well. Maybe they are all letting their guard down.
Have you ever been around someone like that?
Do you long to be someone like that for others?
Jesus is the Prince of Peace. He brings Peace wherever He goes. And He offers it freely to those of us who seek it with our whole hearts.
When we sit at His feet, we are so focused on Him – how can we not be seeking Him with our whole heart?
Hope of a New Song
OK, Martha definitely is NOT singing! She is grumbling, complaining, nagging, whining…she is mad! I wonder if she is searching for other things about Mary that annoy her, deepening her resentment. It seems when we begin going down that road, we can find several faults with anyone, even if these perceived faults have absolutely nothing to do with the matter at hand. I don’t particularly enjoy being around people like that. This is a life of strife.
But Mary is singing in her soul. Her heart is so full of joy that she can’t help but sing from her heart. Because she is singing her new song, she doesn’t have room for grumbling and complaining! Strife, jealousy, resentment – and those other negative feelings cannot enter when she is busy singing her song.
He promises to give us a new song in our hearts. Oh, how I long for His sweet song to play! He is my song!
He has given me the song of redemption, of love.
Are you singing your new song?
Are You Comfortable At His Feet?
These are the wonders that are found at His feet. These are the treasures that I want in my life. Do you want them, too?
Sadly, though, there will be the Martha’s out there who feel uncomfortable with us sitting at His feet. I’ve had a couple of them in my life myself. They don’t like us being quiet or needing to take the time to seek His face. They complain. They bicker. They use our quietness against us. They search for ways we have failed – or how they think we are failing. Our comfortableness with just drinking Him in bothers them – it troubles them. And perhaps they are feeling a bit jealous.
And that’s ok. That is between them and Jesus. Don’t get up from your spot. Remain at His feet as long as necessary.
You have chosen the good thing and it won’t be taken from you.You have chosen the good thing and it won’t be taken from you. Click To Tweet
Have you sat at His feet today? What did He tell you?
Aimee is a home educating support teacher who lives in the sunny Okanagan, BC. Aimee has been blissfully married for 17 years and still swoons at the sight of her tall, dark and handsome husband, Marcus. When she isn’t home educating her 3 kids, she enjoys sewing, quilting, scrapbooking and hanging out with her family. She blogs over at A Work of Grace. You can find her on facebook, twitter or Pinterest.
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