I started this blog post a while ago. Got busy, moved on, then today I picked back up after a gentle reminder that God is perfectly in control and I am not.
I’m so guilty of rushing around and worrying about everything. (I just want everything to be nice and everyone to be happy). Of course I know God is in control but I worry. That why Present over Perfect reads like it was written for me. As I read each chapter I relate to Shauna’s examples and stories. I’m choosing to be present to my family rather than a perfectly clean home or fabulous meal. But today it hit me. God wants me Present not Perfect. How had I missed that as a devoured that book. Learning to say no, put the phones down, and be present is what God wants too. He doesn’t expect a perfectly poetic heartfelt prayer. He wants me as imperfect as I am. After all He created me and knows my flaws, like rushing around and worrying. 😬 And when God sends a message He repeats it often because we miss it the first time. The Bible is a perfect example of God gently and not so gently reminding us how to live. So tonight it’s no accident that our bedtime Bible story was about Mary and Martha. So as I seek to be present and intentional with God and my family I seek to be Mary in a Martha world. In case you need a gentle reminder here is the story from Luke:
At the Home of Martha and Mary
38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feetlistening to what he said. 40 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!”
41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[a] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
My prayer is that you too can rest as Mary in this Martha World.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28