Confession time. Being Mary in Martha’s world is no easy task. But I’m sure you already know that. Making time to just sit quietly and listen requires a momentary disconnect from all the craziness that invades our space and our days. Of course we allow that to happen, but that is another discussion for another time.
Today I spent a little time at the park with my Bible, journal and pen. I’m a sucker for anyplace with water – river, stream, pond, lake, ocean or waterfall; if there’s water nearby, I am SO there.
I alternately read, prayed, wrote and just sat quietly waiting and listening. As I did, I began to jot down the words and phrases that described God and His presence in that moment. On paper it looked like nothing but a list of words. But in reality, it was my spirit communing with His, telling Him all the things I was experiencing as I sat with Him.
Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start when we determine to engage the Almighty face-to-face. One way to begin is simply to tell Him who He is, whether verbally or on paper. In doing so, we are not only declaring our affection for Him as we tell Him of His attributes that we adore, but we are also reminding ourselves of who He is and who we are in Him. On an even deeper level, we are releasing into the spiritual atmosphere all the power and authority that is in every word that aligns itself with His will and His written word.
My spirit was refreshed today and my heart encouraged as I looked down and saw some of the words that define the Lover of my soul. They are not mere words on a page. They are part of our story (mine and His) – marking a moment in time when we sat in the park and enjoyed each other’s company.
I am my Beloved’s and He is mine.
As you sit and reflect on who He is, what words begin to flow from your heart?
“Mary. That is such a simple, common name for a woman who in one moment quietly made a choice that placed her at the feet of Jesus, and who without a word demonstrated worship in its purest form. Surrounded by things that needed to be done and people who wanted her to do them, Mary set her gaze on the face of Jesus.”
The above is an excerpt from a post entitled “Martha Gets a Time Out.” I posted it in 2009 on my personal blog, Grace Notes. (read entire post)
I have been thinking a lot about this post lately, and about my own inner Mary. She is quiet and unobtrusive. She watches intently for an opportunity to come and sit at the feet of this Jesus. When she sees it, she rushes in, taking her place as close as she can get to Him. Eagerly she looks up at Him, her face revealing a heart that is a melting pot of deep adoration and a desperate, insatiable hunger for whatever His presence is dishing up right here and right now.
As a business owner, the demands on my time and attention are numerous. Distractions are everywhere and much must be done. But in the midst of the “stuff” of life and business, the same voice that gently reminded Martha that, “…few things are needed – or indeed only one,” is still calling my inner Mary to come and sit with Him and listen as He shares His heart. Here is where I find the freedom to sit quietly and simply be.
Hold my calls. I’m in a meeting.
We spent New Year’s Eve at a house church meeting in Austin with some old friends (and some new). We shared a meal together, talked and shared with one another and then spent some time worshiping and praying together. We heard from a young woman who is ministering to refugees through teaching them sustainable and organic gardening. We also heard from a couple who are ministering hope and life to the Israeli people (the wife is from Israel) one heart at a time. It was an evening filled with sweetness and refreshing.
Later, as we approached the midnight hour, we took some time to sit quietly, each with a pen and a piece of paper, each silently seeking to hear the voice of the Lord. Here is some of what I wrote down; I believe this to be a word not just for me personally, but for the Body as a whole:
“From greater depths of intimacy will pour forth a stronger anointing and authority than you have ever known. My glory will be revealed as My people hear and obey My voice.
A simple holiness is what I am calling you to – based not on your own knowledge or understanding of what holiness is, but rather founded in the time you invest in My presence. As you seek Me on deeper levels, I will reveal Myself to you, and that revelation of who I am will empower you to walk in true holiness.”
Sometimes the instruction of the Lord is so simple that we miss it if we are not paying close attention. We understand holiness to be evidence by a code of conduct – by how we behave. But as we spend focused and intentional time with Him, becoming more like Him in the process, how can we help but walk in a simple holiness that reveals a heart that beats as one with His, loving the things He loves and hating the things He hates? Our thoughts, words and actions will expose what is in our hearts, and isn’t that where true holiness starts?
“You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.
Remain in Me, as I also remain in you.
No branch can bear fruit by itself;it must remain in the vine.
Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me.”