As they continued their journey he entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary [who] sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.” The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.”
Rest at My feet.That is what Jesus is calling me and each of us to do. But it is So. Hard. Especially when there is so much to be done. When there is chaos around us. When it is easier to stay busy than to come face to face with reality, with some thing or things weighing on our hearts. But when we are so busy, we have too much clutter for God to be working in us. When we rest, we can scoot aside that clutter and truly welcome God into our hearts. And then we become transformed and discover the beauty in the stillness and presence of God.
Prayer from Discovering Our Dignity by Lisa Brenninkmeyer, p. 260:
I’m slowing down, taking some deep breaths, and sitting at Your feet. This isn’t an easy place for me to be. I’m used to hopping up and getting something done. Sometimes if feels a little selfish to just stop and soak up Your love for me. I struggle to feel worthy of that love. Help me to remember that You love me because I belong to You, not because I’m perfect or because of the things I do. Give me the mind of Christ so that I will live out the truth that I cannot earn Your love; it is unconditional. Help me to lift my eyes to Your face and see reflected back all the warmth, compassion, mercy, and grace that radiates form Your heart. Who am I? I am Your beloved daughter. When I fail, You fill in the gaps. When I see all that I lack, You remind me that You, within me, are enough. When I’m tempted to beat myself up, You remind me that YOu took the beating so that I could rest in grace. Help me to do that. May I cease my striving, because my worth was defined and settled when You died for me on the cross.
“A soul at rest is a soul free from worry” (Discovering Our Dignity, p. 261).