I had one of those moments again reading today’s chapters where I read over a familiar verse without really taking it in. And then, most of the day I struggled with what to write about. Not being able to find a theme in what I read. Pouring over the verses again and again in my mind, glancing at the pages, and getting frustrated. And then it dawned on me – “you’re struggling, Jim, because your heart isn’t in it. READ what God wants you to HEAR.” It was these verses that my heart heard today.
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42
Two things strike me about this – first, perhaps the obvious, is that I was worried and frustrated about all the wrong things trying to figure out what to write. I’ve talked about this before – that sometimes I get in this mindset of trying to impress the reader with what I write, instead of making this an act of worship. Which is why, I’m convinced, I couldn’t come up with a theme for this week on my own. Once I turned it to God, it just happened.
The second thing is, while these verses are very familiar, it just wasn’t registering – that the ONLY thing that is needed, is to believe. So simple, yet I almost missed it. I love our God in His simplicity. It saddens me to know that we humans for some reason feel compelled to add “things” to God’s promise of salvation. That we think it can’t be as easy as it sounds. But it is that easy. And I love our great God for that.
The Great I AM – your everlasting love sometimes get’s lost on me – forgive me for that. I only ask that you don’t let me miss hearing you. And thank you for hearing me. Amen