"Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word." ~Luke 10:38-39
- We always condemn Martha for being too busy, but Mary needed that alone time with Jesus. We can assume that she and Jesus were not physically alone, seeing that He was in Martha’s house which meant she probably had a husband. Lazarus was probably there as well as other men from the community. But even in the midst of the crowd, like the woman who touched the hem of Jesus’ garment, Mary needed to seek what Jesus alone could provide. Sometimes, even though we still have obligations, jobs to go to, kids to feed, ministries to run, in the midst of people and responsibilities, we need to have a spiritual posture of stillness with Jesus…seeking what He alone can provide.
- Assuming that Mary and Jesus were not alone when Martha complained to Jesus, once again like the woman who touched the hem of His garment, Mary was not intimidated or afraid to “step out of line” by sitting at Jesus’ feet, even among men who expected her to be in the kitchen. Many times we don’t want to cause waves or make a scene when we are in need. If it takes calling out to God, laying at the altar, praying all night…sometimes we have to get radical and move out of our comfort zones to hear what Jesus has to say. No, God doesn’t need all of that from us, but sometimes it takes that for Satan to get so uncomfortable in the atmosphere we create that HE has to leave.
Living Always With Great Expectation,