Luke 10: 38-42
When Jesus entered the home of Mary and Martha, he found Martha all a flutter and anxious, as she went about serving her special guest. But in the midst of it all, her sister, Mary took pause, sat down at the feet of Jesus, making the opportunity to hear every word He had to say.
Recently I had a decision to make and became really anxious. So the Lord reminded me to apply three steps whenever I needed His Wisdom (James 1:5, James 3:17). So I made the decision to first come to Him and Pray, then Trust and Wait for His guidance. I needed to make a decision on where I was to be in my local church. I was presently in the nursery taking care of my great-grand-daughter so her parents could listen to the sermon. I loved doing this. But at the same time, I had invited a friend to church and did not want to leave her sitting alone feeling unwelcome. Also, at the same time the church was in need of Sunday school teachers and I was thinking about volunteering. It would be impossible for me to be in three places at the same time, so as I pondered over my dilemma, I began to pray.
I prayed asking God’s will in the situation. After praying , I received His peace (Philippians 4: 4-7). The anxiousness was gone. I knew at this point the Lord had heard my prayer and was going to take care of it (1John 5: 14-15). I didn’t need to figure it out anymore (Proverbs 3:5-6), and was comfortable waiting for Him to show me what to do. (Isaiah 64:4).
I somehow knew by just showing up for church, the Lord would direct me. When I arrived at church that morning, the friend I’d invited was already mingling with women in the congregation; drinking coffee and engaged in conversation. She looked very comfortable there without me. When I got the chance to talk to her, I told her I couldn’t sit next to her because I had to sit where I could easily get up and take the baby to the nursery when it was time. She had no problem with this. As it turned out, my grand-daughter and her husband showed up late and took seats in the back of the church. So that gave me the opportunity to sit next to my friend. Well, halfway through the sermon, the baby became fussy, so I took her to the nursery. Following the church service , my friend came to the nursery and told me she enjoyed the message and would be back again.
I then met with the pastor’s wife to discuss whether or not I would be teaching Sunday school. At the end of the discussion, the pastor’s wife decided they needed volunteers in the nursery as well as Sunday school. So I ended up volunteering in the nursery, exactly where I and the Lord wanted me to be.
The Lord Did It!
Without trying to manipulate the circumstance , the Lord took care of the whole thing. And to show how God works above all we can ask or think, I am still able to hear all the sermons anytime, online. (Romans 8:28)
I believe this is what the Lord means by His desire for us to enter His rest (Hebrews 4:3). When I became anxious I took it to my Lord in prayer (Philippians 4: 4-7) where I received His Peace. Being at peace allowed me to let it go so I could wait (Isaiah 64:4) for also His guidance (Proverbs 3:5-6). All I had to do was to show up for church and He did the rest.
Thank You, Lord, for teaching me in everything to Pray, Trust and Wait on your timing and will. DF
As a reminder of these three important steps, (pray,trust, wait) I wear a set of three rings connected together. I wear them on my right hand, reminding me the Lord is always at my right side guiding me in every circumstance, through a major crisis and even a minor decision
(Psalm 32:8, Jeremiah 29:11).
So whenever I need to make a decision, I always remember to ask God for His Wisdom, and to take it first to Him in prayer. And I know whenever He gives me His Peace, He has also heard me. Then I can wait and and trust in confidence for Him to guide me “every step of the way”. (Psalm 37:23)
“But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
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I am so sorry, Tim to hear of your chronic pain. I know, the Lord loves you and I know in every circumstance we can trust in Him. This is not to minimize your circumstance but to let you know Jesus Christ not only died for our sins so we could have eternal life, but God’s grace in every circumstance is enough to bring us through every crisis and trial.
I can’t relate to your physical pain, but I can tell you I have suffered mentally and spiritually where I needed to trust God, and He was faithful to deliver me in His perfect timing and way (Isaiah 40: 30-31). If you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I pray you will believe in His salvation. Tim, He is acquainted with your suffering, as He suffered physically, spiritually, and mentally for the world’s sin while dying on the cross. (Isaiah 53). In placing your trust in Jesus Christ, you have eternal life and also God’s grace with His strength. I am praying for the Lord to bless you and heal you with His abundant grace and unconditional love. Psalm 33: 18-22
Philippians 4: 12-13.
Praying for your healing and peace- Mary Ahlborn
It is wonderful that you are able to allow for Brandi and her husband to hear the Word, and at the same time spend precious time with the baby and also take in God’s Word. That is the best of three worlds, and that is just how God rolls! Thank you Lord.
Thank you, sister. You always encourage me. I always appreciate your thoughtful comments. Love, Mary
My entire life is decided on by my bad health and my excruciating chronic pain. I can only do what it allows. And it allows so very little….