Planning instead of Listening

There is so much to do today as I feel I may have over-extended myself.  Company coming and so many other things that need to be done to get  ready for them.  Then there possibly is a change of plans which tend to irritate somewhat.  Peace and harmony are no where to be found in my consciousness.    All at once, I am drawn to Luke 10:39-42 which reads “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.'”

Of course, human footsteps need to be taken, but not at the expense of wringing my hands and planning down to the final detail.  Today, I will not humanly outline, but listening to God’s direction and act accordingly.  This is how I find peace and harmony.

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Faithful or Faithless

As I sit at my desk this morning, studying my Bible lesson and praying, there is a nagging doubt whether or not  my prayer will be answered.  Immediately, I realize this thought is not from God!  The raising of Lazarus is in the lesson and I read where Mary was doubtful that anything could be done for her brother who had been pronounced dead four days earlier.  But Jesus ignored this lack of faith and as John 11:41-44 states, ” Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid.  And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said Father, I thank thee that thou has heard me.  And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.  And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.  And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin.  Jesus saith unto the, Loose him, and let him go.”  Even Mary’s lack of faith could not hinder the Christ.  Lazarus was still raised up.

My daily prayer is for more grace and discernment and is done in steps, not overnight.  I will be gentle with myself as I grow spiritually daily.

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The Practicality of Prayer

Recently my husband and I were sitting down with our calendar and schedules.  There seemed to be overlapping of dates.  There would be meetings and obligations I would need to cancel or reschedule and I began to feel stressed.  After deciding to pray about the situation for some directions and clarity, almost immediately, the story of Mary and Martha came to thought.

Luke 10: 40-42 reads “But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said ‘Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.’  But the Lord answered and said to her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things: but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.'”

This was my answer!  I needed to quieten my thought and listen.  Also, so many things I had planned were not even that important.  I love when God answers my prayer like that.

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Be Still and Know that I Am God

If ever I attempt to begin my day without stillness, I am either resisting or wanting to speed up events of the day.  Without fail, I am reminded of the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:41-42 where it reads, “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.”

By ceasing to humanly outline the day  and “Letting God be God”, my day flows so much smoother.

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