SIT BEFORE THE MASTER
As they continued their travel Jesus entered a village. A woman name of Martha welcomed Him and made Him feel quite at home. Martha had a sister, Mary, who sat before the Master, hanging on every thing 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 essential and Mary has chosen it-it’s the main course and won’t be taken from her”.
This passage might be very familiar to you. So before reading, pause and ask God to give you fresh eyes and an open heart to absorb it. Then read it carefully.
Prayerfully let your creativity loose as you engage with this text today. First put yourself in the skin of Mary. On that day, what might you be doing? What’s going on around you in the house? What are you thinking and feeling when Martha complains about you?
Now, put yourself in Martha’s shoes. What are you preparing? What are your motivations? What are you feeling? What might you be thinking and feeling after Jesus says those words to you?
The text says that Mary “sat before the Master“
Now it’s your turn. Take an empty chair and place it in the middle of the room. Sit or kneel in front of it, imagining Jesus sated there.
Read the passage again. Stay in this posture, in the silence and ponder who Jesus is.
As you remain before the chair, whisper,
“Jesus, who am I more like today: Mary or Martha?
∞ Don’t rush this experience. Even if you get the urge to get up, continue to be still and sit in silence. Anticipate that Jesus will communicate with you. Wait for Him and allow Him to speak words of promise, correction, and comfort into your life. ∞
I pray this Word – this Seeds fall on the good soil and May The Lord answer your heart cry today, Amen!