I attended an amazing conference in North Carolina this past weekend. My brain and heart are still unpacking all of the lessons I heard, the many good things to remember and record in my journal. But this weekend wasn’t what I’d expected.
I did not meet with a book publisher this weekend. I was on the top of the waiting list. I spent HOURS preparing my proposal last week. I furiously finished drafts and letters and chapters… and I never got the call. I didn’t expect that to happen. Initially, that was the one thing that I wanted most from the conference.
But I wouldn’t trade this weekend for anything in the world. For two days I sat at the feet of Jesus. This try-hard good girl is so exhausted from keeping it together.
Confession: I have always resented the Mary half of Lazarus’s sister team. There was so much to DO. How could Mary sit there and let Martha DO EVERYTHING?
As they continued their travel, Jesus entered a village. A woman by the name of Martha welcomed him and made him feel quite at home. She had a sister, Mary, who sat before the Master, hanging on every word he said. But Martha was pulled away by all she had to do in the kitchen. Later, she stepped in, interrupting them. “Master, don’t you care that my sister has abandoned the kitchen to me? Tell her to lend me a hand.”
The Master said, “Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it—it’s the main course, and won’t be taken from her.
Luke 10:38-42, The Message Translation
This weekend Jesus said in many words to my resentful heart,“GINGER, you are worried and upset about many things. Only one thing is essential…”
I have so many “many things” on my to-do list all of the time. It never ends and I never feel I’m enough.
Today I’m at peace with the ONE THING. I’m at peace with His hand in my life. I’m learning how hard it is to rest when I hold onto my plans and dreams with an iron fist. When we trust Him, we find REST in Him.
Rather than anything on your to-do list, He wants YOU today.
Following and learning,