We are now half way through the summer months. I imagine that we have been busy little bees working in the gardens, taking care of the lawn, and maybe doing some traveling. When these warm days of summer come, we try to make the most of them! I won’t say anything about winter not too far off already. Sorry, I said it. Whew....love the summer, but it can be exhausting. Someone once said that we are human beings and not human doings.
On Sunday we reflected on Jesus taking a load off his feet by sitting with Mary while Martha was scurrying around the house. Jesus has been extremely busy these summer months, too. Well, more than just the summer. Here in Luke 10: 38-42 Jesus pauses on his journey to Jerusalem. He has been on the road for nearly 3 years by Luke 10. There has been a sense of urgency in his mission. Not an urgency to get to Jerusalem, but an urgency to introduce the New Realm of God. In the chapters leading up to Luke 10, Jesus has described the many responsibilities of being his followers. Last Sunday we read about the Good Samaritan and how neighborly we must be as Christians. So, now at Mary and Martha’s house, we can all take a breather. Much to digest in food and thought.
We need to sit at the feet of Jesus more often. We need to take off our aprons and put on our bibs. Let Jesus feed us as only he can. I think it takes great courage to sit near Jesus. And it takes even greater courage to listen...and then...act on his words. We often pray, “Come, Lord Jesus, be our guests.” Careful what you pray for! And yet, we know that his presence is the most satisfying presence in our lives. He may surprise us with his commands, but what commands they are!
I hope that each of us can find the time and the courage to sit at Jesus’ feet this summer. Peace, Pastor Gary