Sometimes things get too busy in our lives and we make our daily routines become our habitual way of living, and when we do this, we fail to be in awe of the blessings around us each day. When we become too familiar with everyday life, we get caught up in the “I have to do this” mindset instead of thinking how blessed we are “to get to do this.” Our habitual way of living erases the chance to see wonder in the simplicity around us each day. We are blessed to get to go to Clemson (and yes, we are even blessed to be able to take final exams). We are blessed to get to serve the Lord in various ways everyday. Yet, we so often forget these things and take them for granted. Too many times we make our serving become a chore list that we just check off instead of being humbled daily by the fact that we get to serve the Creator of the Universe. We all too often become too familiar with the presence of the Lord that we lose our wonder and we unfortunately don’t properly value His presence.
Last Thursday, Hykeng talked to us about returning to our initial state of wonder from when we first met the Lord. We are not called into a relationship with the Lord to just feel stressed and anxious about adding one more thing to do to in our daily routine. The Lord simply just desires our hearts and He desires for us in this crazy, fast-paced life, to just sit still in His presence and listen to His word.
“As Jesus and His disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to Him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what He said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to Him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’ ‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed- or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.'” Luke 10: 38-42
I love that Jesus says, “You are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed –or indeed only one.” I know that I personally get so upset and worried about little minuscule things some days that when I actually sit down to think about it, they mean nothing in comparison to what my heart knows is truly important in this life. Nothing of this world can sustain us besides the love, grace, and sweet words of our King.
“Heaven and Earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” Matthew 24:35
I think this week amongst all the finals and craziness that Clemson seems to be encompassed by, we need to return to a position of wonder and surrender in the presence of the Lord. We have to stop trying to control things and feel like we “have” to do things for the Lord instead of just sitting like Mary at Jesus’ feet in an open posture with open hands of surrender. The Lord wants to pour His promises over you, and He wants to give you rest.
Let’s not be too familiar with the presence of the Lord, but may our posture before Him this week be an outward posture of our hearts in full surrender and reliance on the only One who can sustain us.
Praying over you this week! You’re more than a conqueror through Him who loved you!! (Romans 8:37) Hope you have the best Christmas break… we can’t wait to see you at FCA when we come back!