January 5, 2022
Be still and let me love you
To be honest, this passage in Luke makes me uncomfortable. I am more like Martha than Mary and I find it troubling that this busyness, this work in service is not exalted. I am good at being busy, I am not good at being still.
However, the Scripture reminds us that sometimes we are called “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). In their book of devotionals, In the Presence of Jesus, Paul Bane and Matt Litton (2021) explain:
Feeling busy all the time will make you lose connection with Me and the lasting peace that only My presence can provide you. When you are in a hurry, you miss so much of the beauty I have placed in your life. Remember how My friend Martha rushed from one task to another? Her busyness was actually a distraction keeping her from the eternal gift of simply being in My presence. My child, I don’t love you for what you do. There is a time for doing. But in order to know Me, you must also learn to be still. Just be still and let Me love you.
Today, and in this new year, I am making a promise to be still and let God love me.
QUESTIONS FOR THE FIELD
- Do you find it difficult to be still? Do you feel that you need to be a certain way or do something to be worthy of God’s love and mercy?
FAMILY FIELD TALK
- Did you know that God loves you no matter what? You don’t need to do anything or say anything special, God loves you. When you feel stressed or worried, practice being still and imagine that God is right next to you, telling you that He loves you just the way you are.
Lord, help me feel Your love. Help me to be still today and always and help me to know that You love me, just the way I am. Amen.