I know that it’s so easy to get distracted with the cares of life and the busy-ness from day to day, but we must pull ourselves away from the world and spend quality time with the One who loves us more than any other.
Psalm 27:4 (Amp.) says: One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and [insistently] require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the beauty [the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to meditate, consider, and inquire in His temple.
I encourage you to make this scripture your prayer and pray it from the depths of your heart!
We all have vital needs: wisdom, strength, finances, healing, help with relationships, etc. But the one thing that we need most is Him.
In the story of Mary and Martha, while Martha is busying herself with all kinds of work, she quickly gets frustrated with her sister. Instead of helping Martha in the kitchen, Mary has seated herself at the feet of Jesus and is intently listening to His teaching.
Martha comes to the Lord and complains to Him in the hopes that He will “get on to” Mary and make her help. But instead, the Lord chastises Martha and commends Mary, saying:
Martha, Martha, 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 NIV).
Other Bible translations say that Martha was:
- Overly occupied
- Too busy
- Distracted with much serving
- Anxious and troubled about many things
- Pulled away by all she had to do in the kitchen
- Fussing far too much
- Getting herself worked up over nothing
But Mary seated herself at the Lord’s feet, listening to Him, hanging on every word He said, (AMP, MSG).
Jesus said that what Mary chose was better. What did she choose?
She chose His presence.
As a wife and mother, there is always something that seemingly needs to be done – cooking, cleaning, laundry, errands, etc. But only one thing is needful, and that is making time to be in His presence.
Yes, there are things in life that are extremely important, and yes, we have to take care of these things. But we must also put first things first—and that means making time for the Father instead of making excuses. Our children should grow up seeing us make our time with the Lord a priority.
He loves you immensely! He desires to bless you with every spiritual and earthly blessing. He wants to give you the desires of your heart. (Eph. 1:3; 2 Cor. 9:8 Amp.; Ps. 37:4)
When you give Him your time and attention, He will give you all of Himself! He wants your life. He wants your moments. He wants your heart to be His and no one else’s. And He wants to lavish His love upon you!
So make time for the one thing that is needed. Make time to just sit in His Presence and let Him speak to your heart. He can fix any problem. There is nothing too difficult for Him!
Alisha Gratehouse is an artist, art instructor, minister’s wife, and homeschooling mom of three. Her days are filled with creating, painting, writing, drinking lots of tea, laughing with (and at) her family, and spontaneously bursting forth into song. Alisha is the author of several books including, A Life That Flourishes.