There are some truths that I hear or read or think over and over and over again, but they never truly sink in or stick. Why is that? I wish I could program something in my brain to zap me whenever I start letting go of a truth that I want to keep deep and yet fresh in my heart. Zap that truth right back to the foreground of my thoughts. And for me right now, that truth is that there is only one thing God truly requires of me; and that is to sit at His feet and listen to Him. To sit in His beautiful presence and soak up His amazing love. To delight myself in Him. My heart rejoices and aches as I even think about the beauty and simplicity in that. I love the story of Mary and Martha that portrays this so well:
"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."
You know what's so awesome? That God cares more about us and our hearts than anything else. More than our job title, our relationship status, our accomplishments, our plans, our failures, our image. Does He care about all those things too? Of course. But more than all of that, He just desires US.
Tonight I found such joy and rest and peace in the thought that God doesn't define me as "unemployed" or "single" or "blogger" or "counselor" or anything else I might label myself, good or bad. He just defines me as HIS. Man I love that. And I love Him so, so much. And I don't think I'll ever even come close to scratching the surface of understanding how much He loves me. I am crying as I type this because I am so overwhelmed and so thankful. Our purpose in this life is so simple, I wish we all lived every day in light of that one thing.
From my heart,