Three weeks into the Advent season and things are just about to get very, very busy!
You no doubt know the story of Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42). Martha was fuming as she worked in the kitchen to prepare a meal for Jesus and his TWELVE! disciples. (Martha thought TWELVE! a lot!) And where was Miss Mary? sitting at the feet of Jesus just listening. Martha came out of the kitchen and asked Jesus to send Mary to her rightful place– the kitchen alongside her sister. There were those TWELVE disciples and Jesus to feed after all. Jesus must have suppressed a laugh as he said that Mary had a place among the disciples, learning from Jesus with them. Jesus was no sexist– but it still didn’t make Martha very happy. Besides, there were a lot of mouths to feed. Still, she missed the point Jesus was making.
The Advent season is not about getting ourselves all worked up for the season with innumerable preparations. It really is about sitting at the feet of Jesus, hearing him speak to your heart, learning from him and quietly centering yourself in his presence.
So, on this third Sunday of Advent, how are you doing? Are you all worked up in a tizzy? Or, are you taking some time to sit at the feet of Jesus?
I get that you have a lot to do. I do, too. So, make a list, prioritize it as you see fit. Plan your work–work your plan. But the season is not much use apart from entering the spirit of the season. So, after you finish your “To-Do” list, sit quietly at the feet of Jesus and rest in him awhile.