I did not make this picture, but when I saw it years ago I was drawn to it. I loved how the sunlight was spilling down onto this peaceful little bench. It looks like a cozy spot to sit, doesn’t it? It reminds me to find a quiet place to “come away”. (Song of Sol. 2:10) I’m not talking about taking a vacation, although that sounds nice. I’m speaking of getting away with Jesus in the comfort of our very own homes. Jesus said Himself, that this “one thing is needful”. He sees this time with Him as a priority. It’s needful, necessary. It’s good, and it won’t be taken away from us.
In Luke 10:38-42, the Lord gently reminds Martha, Mary’s sister, that she is anxious, troubled in mind, or disturbed. Mary got her focus on things that were less important. Things like: food, chores, entertaining, stuff, other people. Sounds familiar, right? See, this is what I LOVE about our Lord. He knows that we have these things to take care of. Things like preparing food for our families so we can eat, washing clothes so we don’t stink, cleaning our houses so we don’t live in utter chaos. Haha! 😉 But He also knows better than we do that our hearts desperately need His love.
That’s what we see Mary doing within this scene. She is willingly taking the time to sit at the feet of Jesus to hear what He has to say. God says that she “chose this good part”. He was so blessed by this that He actually praised her for doing this. Wow! Not only does it bless the heart of our God to lavish His love upon us, but it blesses Him that we would choose to sit before Him!
Those moments, even if they’re small, add up. It won’t be taken away from you! You will continue to grow and flourish because you took the time to care about what God thinks. You won’t be all anxious and disturbed in mind. You’ll have peace. You’ll be able to share the things God is showing you with others. 🙂
“…Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.” (Psalm 81:10) “You open your hand, and satisfy the desire of every living thing.” (Psalm 145:16) These verses just remind me of raising my hands to God and surrendering. A. W. Tozer said, “We can have as much of God as we want.”
One thing is needful.