Monday, July 23, 2012


On Friday night I asked some friends which Bible character they related to most. Mine was Mary sister of Martha. 

On Sunday I sat on a porch, the last trickles of rain spilling off the roof-edge, noise from a busy kitchen through the door at my back, and a still, sad friend sitting next to me. 

I've never thought before whether Mary felt the tug to get up and do/work/help, but chose over and over, that night, to be still and sit at Jesus' feet, to do what appeared to be nothing, because it was the one thing needed - the good part. 

I am struggling to learn the lesson of stillness, of trust, of prayer, and of waiting.

Work and waiting have the same source for the spiritual man: dependence on God, abiding in Christ.  They have the same end as well: bearing fruit.  

Later on Sunday night, some friends looked up this Hebrew word sometimes translated "wait": chuwl.  It has so much nuance of meaning and implication that I could just swim in it!  

To God be all glory.  

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I never thought about weather Mary WANTED to help either. I guess I always just assumed she felt no need to... I love your sentences of work and wait having the same purpose and same end!! Words to my heart.

Soli Deo Gloria