I hope you are enjoying your Summer.
After three months of being challenged physically, mentally and emotionally, I am finally enjoying mine.
At the beginning of this year, I experienced a missed miscarriage that turned our world upside down. However, we were able to stay afloat even during that devastating and arduous time, by putting our trust in God and clinging to Him as life had to continue.
In the end, He showed himself mighty as my Healer. This experience definitely elevated my faith. I am going to stop here, and share more in a later post with the hope of encouraging others.
After that experience, I realized I needed to reflect on my choices. Life doesn’t stop when we are going through hardships, but sometimes it takes a conscious effort to slow down and choose simple.
We have been influenced to believe that
Is the way to live but honestly, it’s not living. I am not saying that we shouldn’t pursue certain things, just that doing all the things doesn’t help anyone.
After finishing up a week of vacation bible school and attending two block parties, I was getting anxious about what to do next with my children and myself, will it be art classes, swim lessons, library programs, finding a new playground, arranging a time with friends, a new blogging project, etc?
All these things are good, but are they immediately necessary? Were they compensating for something else I needed?
Jesus gives us the answer in the story of Mary and Martha. Martha invited Jesus to their home and she became anxious in her preparations, but her sister Mary did the opposite. Martha was not happy about this. Here’s what happened:
Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42 (ESV)
What is the good portion? Being in the presence of the Lord, studying His word, praying and seeking Him is a good place to begin.
My desire to be busy also created anxiety that caused me to take my eyes off of Jesus who provides me with the peace I need, along with the wisdom to do the next best thing.
But our Lord came to them [the disciples] taking the spiritual initiative against their despair and said, in effect, “Get up, and do the next thing.” If we are inspired by God, what is the next thing? It is to trust Him absolutely and to pray on the basis of His redemption. -Oswald Chambers, Utmost For His Highest (emphasis added)
I am giving myself permission to choose simple.
Are you anxious over your life circumstances or plans, will you choose the good portion through Jesus Christ?