?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.?
Luke10:41-42 NIV


Photo courtesy of morguefile and Seemann.That frazzled, hurried, not-enough-time feeling. It was beginning to become a regular thing for me.

Life had gotten busy … too busy. Without realizing it, I had put sitting at the feet of Jesus on the back burner. A day became a week, and a week turned into a month, until I found myself with absolutely no peace. That’s when God used my husband to tap me on the shoulder.

“I’m sorry, honey, I have a meeting at work and won’t be able to get there in time.” My husband was supposed to drive my son to an appointment and had forgotten. Instead of trying to understand, I was angry and spouted words I didn’t mean.

I woke up the next morning in tears over the things I had said to my precious husband, remembering the hurt look in his eyes as I took out my frustration on him. I had already apologized, and he graciously forgave me, but I knew I couldn’t go on as I had. I needed to spend time with my Savior.

Out of all the things that piled up on my to-do list, one thing was truly needed: sitting at the feet of Jesus in prayer and worship. Jesus explained to Martha that there was little more important than spending time with Him. The things of the earth pass away, but our eternity is forever.

In the midst of the busyness and stress of life, take some time, whatever time you have, and turn on some worship music. Trade your stress for His peace. Know that time spent in the presence of Jesus is never wasted time. In fact, what you receive from Him in that secret place can never be taken away. 

(Photo courtesy of morguefile and Seemann.)

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Carolyn Rice

Carolyn Rice is a graduate of Seattle Bible College. She serves as a prayer partner and teaches a class with her husband at their church in Everett, Washington. She s a contributor in a devotional book, and you can find more of her devotions at www.treasuresofhispresence.com. Carolyn enjoys reading, hiking, and kayaking.