It’s okay to say no and just be still.
I’m naturally a person who will say “yes”, and regret it later.
Does that sound familiar? I think it’s a sense of familiarity to most people, and they don’t even realize it.
We say yes out of obligation, guilt, or due to being a people pleaser. We’ve all been there. When we all have enough on our plates already. Most of us are already ignoring something or someone that matters more, by just not saying “thank you, but no!”.
I’ve been sitting on the story of Martha and Mary with Jesus for the last 24 hours. Jesus is literally in their midst, both are acknowledging Him, but both have different attitudes towards Him. Mary’s main focus is Him, and everything else is second. Martha’s focus is everything else and Him second.
We all have obligations. We have houses that need to be cleaned. We have jobs that need to be completed. Kids that need our attention. We have school, fundraisers, events, etc. The list probably grows daily, and so does your stress and anxiety level towards those things. We are heading into a busy season of life with school back in session here. My heart has been full of it for the last month. I’ve been praying that the Lord would give me peace in this new season to just let it go! Literally, just let it go.
We are pulled in a lot of directions every day. We don’t NEED to create more. We need to wake up in His presence, go to sleep in His presence, dream in His presence. That list on the fridge, it’ll get done, but will it get done in His peace and presence, or will it get done with an anxiousness of obligation to just cross it off the list? This world feeds us distractions and busyness. He’s in the stillness, He’s in the quiet.
“But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
“Few things are needed”…
Remember, these things that have our attention, may or may not be there tomorrow. Those distractions and obligations, they’ll fade away. He isn’t fading away, and can’t be taken from you! He’s there in the midst of the chaos of life, let Him be your peace and just spend time at His feet.
“Be still and know that I am God”
Until next time,