Well, right now, this is Jordyn. To give you a little behind the scenes insight, every time we have written a post so far it has been collaborative – and I think we've made a pretty good team & complement each other’s writing styles. But bias aside, each post begins with a blank screen and the iPad in one of our hands. We then pass it to the other person, they add, change, and edit the post and it goes back and forth between us a few times, each adding in new thoughts & stories before the publish tab is pressed (sorry to take away the mystery).
But this time, it was different for me. This time, when Megan began writing this post below and handed it to me to continue with, I couldn’t. Because honestly, it was something I needed to hear. Written by my best friend only a few feet away from me at the time, it still hit me & I knew it was perfect as is. So my hope for you is that as you read below, you listen in closely because this lesson is one that resonates deep and calls out the Truth I think we often need to hear. So without further adieu, here’s Megs…
In preparation for Thanksgiving, I have been doing She Reads Truth devotionals and in their current series they are studying how to be thankful in different situations, such as stress, suffering, certainty, and injustice. This series has brought back light on what has been missing the past couple weeks. My circumstances have not changed, we are continuing to travel, nomads without a home, living out of suitcases and yet something has felt different. Trying to put my finger on what it is that has been different I have been going over things that we have been currently doing:
– enjoying touring
– embracing company
– embarking new places
– eating copious amounts of Belgium waffles
Not so different from what we have been doing this whole trip (trading one sweet for another), and none of these things in and of themselves are bad, but the thing that has been different is where my eyes have been looking. As fallen people, we are so prone to wandering from The Lord, asking “God where are you?” And waiting on Him to move. When the truth is He has been beside us all along, we have just lost sight.
In She Reads Truth’s devotional on giving thanks in stress they reference Luke 10:38-41 where Jesus comes to have lunch at Mary and Martha’s. A little background on the story: Jesus came to their house while He was in the village teaching, Mary is sitting at Jesus’ feet, soaking in all He has to say, and enjoying His company. While Martha is making sure the house is presentable and the meal is ready to eat. Martha gets upset because Mary is not helping her prepare, and as she is at her whits end she complains to Jesus that Mary is not helping.
Jesus responds in a different way that we might think, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary.”
Jesus is telling Martha to stop doing what she thinks she needs to be doing and just sit at His feet. She Reads Truth offered up a suggestion that was convicting to say the least, replace Martha’s name with your own.
Megan, Megan, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing in necessary.
The one thing that is necessary is Jesus. It is time to stop checking things off my lists and start resting at the feet of Jesus. This hits especially close to home as we are nearing the end of our Eurail adventure and moving to Ireland in the next few weeks. There are so many looming loose ends to be tied, and yes, I have a responsibility to be active and hardworking with what The Lord has entrusted to me, but I also get to rest at Jesus’s feet, dreaming big and praying bold, specific prayers because I serve a Big God.
My prayer for us, and my prayer for you is this:
May we be confident in who God is, recognizing He is bigger than any situation we face.
May we embrace the freedom we have to rest at His feet.
May we go forth in bravery knowing that the fate of the world, and the unfinished todo lists are not the end all be all.
Lord, we recognize we need your abounding, abundant grace. Enlighten our eyes to see you, and your heavenly perspective as we try and be the best representatives of you as we can here. We love you and we trust you. To you be the glory, now, and forever. Amen.