Luke 10:39-42 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.”
Lately, I have found that days come quickly and end fast. Our days have a probability attached to each hour, directing our attention towards the routine and necessities of life. Choices are also tied into our ever busy days, choices on where we will spend our lunch break, what kind of Starbucks we personalize, and down to who we will spend our time with. If you notice in the passage above Martha, seems to be having the same perspective we often adopt… That we just don’t have enough hours in our day to be still. We do the bills, we supply the groceries, we go to work, or pick up the kids, and never even noticed the presence of God. See, Martha was busy hosting God and doing, and doing, that she bypassed the “Presence of God.” For instance if I go a whole day doing and doing and go unaware of my wife’s presence, our relationship would go stale.
So what does all this mean? We have to stop and simply be aware of God’s Presence. For as Christians we are carriers of His presence and if we ourself are not aware, than how are we supposed to let His presence shine through us? Martha was so focused on the to do’s, whereas Mary was focused on the relationship. Here are “3” things to help you slow down to have the awareness of God at all times:
1. Wake up with Hello. Take a moment not focused on your tasks, rather saying hello to the God of the universe. You don’t have to say fairest Lord, as an opening to a dramatic prayer. Just Be genuine with God, by being yourself. Make it “simply” you.
2. In the business of your day “Stop.” Don’t worry about your plans at six, or the fact you have another meeting. Just be still for a moment and know that he is God. That doesn’t mean having prayer time, or even mediating on scripture, but simply closing your eyes and turning all your focus and heart towards him, by being aware of His presence.
3. Don’t go throughout the day hungry. The days may go by fast, and seem to speed right past us at an imaginable speed, but don’t forget to eat. Set a time aside, if that be fifteen minutes or an hour to read the word of God. The word of God is our strength, and maybe it’s not a red bull you’re in need of, it may be a more lasting boost your craving.
So put God first, before the business of the day and I promise your days will be filled with his unbelievable presence.