We live in a world that places limitations and expectations on us, all at the same time. As a woman, I've experienced this myself, and I know many women that also experience this. We end up drained, confused and anxious. Anxiety is not normal, and I am convinced that this is a weapon the enemy is using to distract and confuse us. As I wrote this I began thinking of the story of Martha and Mary. We can find this story in the book of Luke 10:38-42. Here, you see Martha had been under the impression that as a woman she was limited to the kitchen and she expected that the righteous thing for her to do was to work in preparation for Jesus' visit. On the other hand, her sister Mary was more concerned in basking all of the glory and mercy of Jesus. She simply chose to sit at the feet of Christ as she poured all of her burdens and worries on Him, she was zoned into every word Jesus was saying and even forgot about all the duties she had. She chose the "better part" as Jesus would say to Martha when she began complaining about her sister Mary not helping her. Jesus simply tells Martha "you are worried about many things, but few things are needed- or indeed only one" and apparently Mary knew this over 2,000 years ago. Simplicity is the key to life, surrendering all our burdens on Jesus and simply sitting at His feet basking all of the glory and mercy of Christ.
May we all learn from Mary to leave our anxiety behind, and simply sit at the feet of Christ. Here is a short prayer for you. Share it with a friend that might be experiencing this today.
with love always, Joyfully Osato