Isaiah 28:12-13 to whom he said,“This is the resting place, let the weary rest”; and, “This is the place of repose”—but they would not listen. So then, the word of the Lord to them will become: Do this, do that, arule for this, a rule for that;a little here, a little there—so that as they go they will fall backward; they will be injured and snared and captured.
My husband went to prayer and I stayed home with the boys then got them in the bed. Finally- peace and quiet time for mommy.
In times like these, I think of all the things I should, could and can do. Clean, watch a show or movie, be creative. But tonight, as much as the thoughts came, I could hear God saying, ” Come and meet me.” Flesh? “I already have today.” Spirit? Willing, so I chose to do something beyond my “plans” and met The Lord in my corner rocking chair. What did we do? We continued reading Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver.
The verse quoted above stood out the most in a chapter focused on fighting for our intimacy with God. Here, the Israelites were so “busy” with their works before God and failed to REST/abide in Him. So what’d God do? He basically said they would continue to be busy all their lives while moving backwards and getting nowhere. Yes, they heard God and completed the “works,” but they didn’t allow Him to come in, be intimate with them to change them through intimacy. Yes, Martha could hear Jesus speaking while she made preparations, but she failed to let His Words draw her to be still and rest in Him- focus on what really mattered.
Whether you are a mother or father, you MUST fight for your secret place time with Christ. If not, you will find yourself hearing God in doing your “service or works” for Him like a rat in a wheel- really going no where spiritually in your marriage (if applicable) and in Biblically raising your kids. The right works will be done- church involvement, private school, community service- but there will be spiritual stagnation and drought. The mask will show what really is not there on the inside.
Have I got this intimacy thing down pat??? OH NO- you DID read the other options I had before coming to my little chair tonight, right? What I do have now is a renewed sense of God’s desire for me to sit at the feet of Jesus versus at the head of MY to-do/want list.
As Godly parents, we will be more productive and effective at His feet everyday than being busy around His presence in our own ways.