Tuesdays ~ In Other Words

 My husband and I had an interesting conversation about this Mary/Martha experience. Two of the questions we asked were,

Did Martha have to be at Jesus’ feet to experience intimacy?

This incident happened before the Holy Spirit indwelled believers. Jesus was asking Martha to be with Him while He was there. This was the better part. She was not experiencing Him in the kitchen. She was bothered and grumbly. Her service wasn’t unto Him. She was consumed with her task and that Mary wasn’t helping her. He was with them physically for a short time and Mary chose the better part.

What is the difference in our situations from Mary & Martha’s experience?

Today with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit we have the opportunity to have intimacy with Jesus when we are doing service He has called us to do. We can experience intimacy in the kitchen as well as sitting quietly in worship through reading His word, in the livingroom.

It’s not just the kitchen that keeps us from sitting at Jesus’ feet. Any care of the world can keep us from experiencing our rest in the Lord. Also, it doesn’t have to be one or the other, the kitchen or the livingroom. I think it’s more about where God wants you to be and entering that place with Him. We can have intimacy in the middle of a battle.

Mathew 11:28-29 ~ Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yolk is easy and my burden is light.

Entering God’s rest is being where God wants you to be empowered by His Spirit. It does not mean the absence of difficulties. God’s rest is filled with battle, enemies, obstacles and danger. Moving forward to accomplish everything He has given you to accomplish with His power allows you to enter His rest. When we yolk up with Jesus we will have intimacy in the most unlikely places and experiences.

If you’d like to read more thoughts on this quote head over to Joy in the Morning.

About Ellenhttp://I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

8 thoughts on “Tuesdays ~ In Other Words

  1. What a wonderful and true twist to the quote…I like to think that I could be in the kitchen and shooting up little intimate arrow prayers.

    Hummie, Blessings on you in the kitchen and in the living room!

  2. You are a deep thinker. I love the two questions that you came up with to work from and I agree wholeheartedly with your answers. I don’t often think about how different it would be relating to Jesus without the Holy Spirit.

    I’m off to fold a load of laundry and do a little visiting with God before breakfast.


    Hi Kate, Blessings on your tasks and devotion!

  3. Yes, God is in the midst of our battles, but our investment in intimacy can help beforehand.

    I have found that as a mother, there are many ways to relate to God, but being in seclusion to be free to dance with Him is unmistakably better than at the counter washing dishes.

    Rosemarie, Blessings on you…

  4. A great picture you have provoked in me. Not being a “Martha-in-the-kitchen” type a person, I still get consumed in myself or in other ways that keeps me from intimacy with others and with Him. I like the picture of being yolked with Him and resting in Him during my battles and difficulties; I wouldn’t be able to get through them without HIS keeping me where HE wants me to be. [I love doing “bible study” with you and your sister Lana!]
    Thank you Lord.

    M Lou, Welcome to our bloggy world. It is great to picture ourselves yoked to Jesus with him pulling the load for us…

  5. Excellent take on this week’s quote. I never thought of it quite that way!

    Hi JHS, I’ll be heading over to read your thoughts. Blessings…

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