Wait… what? Silence? What is this word you speak of? Quiet in the chaos? Theres no such thing.
For the first time in my relationship with Jesus I’m learning the invaluable lesson of silence and being. I am simply being with my Father who loves me so.
My entire life and journey with Jesus has been centered around the idea that prayer and interaction with God is surrounded by all the what-if’s, dear Gods, help me please requests that fill my head and my heart. Never once have I truly sat in the notion of “BEING STILL AND KNOWING HE IS MY GOD”
Up until now this notion always seemed like a sweet and romantic gesture about walking with Jesus, never a reality to actually center my self around.
Yesterday, I was doing my new “quiet time” (click here to buy, cause its amazing) and was reading about Mary and Martha and when Jesus came to their house to visit and speak to his followers.
” As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. 40 But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”
41 But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! 42 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”Luke 10:38-42 (NIV)
This story is very familiar to me, I’ve heard it a bunch of different ways and always the preacher or the commentary point to the same conclusion; Jesus was pleased with Mary for simply being with him and Martha was discouraged because she was too preoccupied with preparing for Jesus to stop and just be. Now thats a great message it really is, we can all learn a lot from the surface of this story, we need to stop and be with Jesus and not be too busy to experience what God has right in front of us with him. But yesterday this story evolved for me.
Have you ever thought to wonder what would happen if Martha had simply just sat at the feet of Jesus like her sister Mary?
Would she automatically feel closer to God, more at peace, more content? My guess is a big fat NO WAY, for someone whose immediate response to a guest coming over was to make sure the house was cleaned, food was on the table, all her guests were properly cared for and she was ready at any moment to meet any need they may have, that sweet, caring, woman is incapable of being still. Even if she forced herself to put down the kitchen towel, forget about perfectly pinning her messy bun, and wiping down all the counter tops and got on her knees before Jesus I venture to guess her brain would still be turning at 100mph. That’s her zone, Martha thrives at above the mental speed limit, hustling and bustling is her go-to theme song and sister goes hard in the paint all day long with maybe one quick prayer and coffee break in between nap time and school pick ups for the kids. Martha needs a mental break, Martha needs to stop being so hard on herself, Martha needs to lower her expectations, Martha needs a drastic change or else home girl is going to swifter her way right into a nervous breakdown. (replace Martha with your name and read again, sound familiar?)
You see, Martha’s intentions were not wrong, or sinful or harmful, they were well intended, kind and generous. Our Martha, she became so consumed with the “things” she wanted to do for Jesus that she had lost sight of the simple request Jesus asked of her “There is only one thing you need to be concerned about” That one thing is JESUS and BEING WITH HIM. All the rest of it, its not bad, but is it worth all the heartache, stress and anxiety your never ending to-do lists bring? Definitely not.
So what do we do with this? In theory being still with Jesus sounds amazing, if I could get any silence in this house that would be a miracle in the first place, let alone silence, space and rest to just be with the Father. I’m not going to lie its tough to get to that place, to force yourself into silence and prioritize this stillness with Jesus. But I have found, each day that I make it happen it gets easier, clearer and my desire to find this space grows immensely.
What’s the benefit of stillness with Jesus? How does this look in my day to day life? In only a few short days its started to change my desires for myself as a woman, a wife, a mom, an employee, essentially its changing my desire for all of me.
This is what I want for you and more importantly what Jesus wants for you…
- I want you to find rest for your physical tired body
- I want you to be mentally whole and healthy, not burdened with anxiety and fear
- I want you to be able to see each day as a gift filled with joys for you to experience
- I want you to run to Jesus for safety at the first sign of danger not feel the need to post it on FB
- I want you to feel worthy, to know how deeply loved you are
- I want you to be confident that you do not have to have a perfect home, or a Pinterest pinned living room to feel good about yourself. Newsflash subway tile is not the stamp of approval for a life well lived.
- I want you to know that your to-do list no matter how well intended does not define your success today
- Things are simply things, that is all. Your soul, your family, your relationships these are your eternal priorities, stop shoving them aside for a later time. It may never come if you keep preparing so hard for it.
Here’s the deal, Jesus loves you, he wants to know you and wants you to know him so you can experience this world they way he’s designed you to. He wants you to experience peace, joy and growth and these are readily available to you if you just put one foot in front of the other and run to that comfy chair in your favorite corner of the house and plop your hot mess self in and begin with stillness before him. It may seem awkward at first, you may have no idea what to do but I promise you if you try and really quiet yourself that Jesus is there waiting to comfort you.
So today let’s be still and know that our God loves us, is for us, and has a plan for us.
*To those of you who are not a Christ follower, can’t stand the Christian faith or anything churchy for that matter you are welcome here. I truly think learning the practice of silence and stillness can be applicable to all of us so I hope you try it anyways!*
And lastly a prayer for silence, feel free to use this to start your own practice of stillness with Jesus today:
Jesus, this is awkward.. I have no idea how to be still with you. I have all these things that have to get done, all these worries I want your opinion on, all this crap going on in my life, I need to figure out how to survive here. But today I am putting all that aside, I know you already know whats going on inside me, what my worries are, so I continue to trust you with those things and today I just want to be with you. So as I sit here quiet, trying to train my brain to not wander off, I pray you speak to me in some way. Show me your love for me and what you have for me to glean from this today. Seriously God, a simple nudge or mental image to know you’re actually listening would be really helpful right about now. Thanks for loving me. Bye – Amen.
Keep On Dreaming,
*To those of you looking for a great devotional resource, today’s blog post is inspired from the devotional “Emotionally Spiritually Health Day by Day” by Peter Scazzero. Click here to buy now on Amazon!*