A Beautiful Thing

“Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me.” ~ Mark 14:6-8(NIV)

Your in-home Bible study starts in an hour. You’ve prepared all week with careful study and prayer. Throughout the week there were meetings, family responsibilities, and a visit to a friend in the hospital. Ministry calls, it always does.

This account reminds me that we are to take time to pour out our sincere affection to Christ because of all he’s done. It is far easier said than done; our hectic schedules and to-do lists never seem to end. It’s easy to get caught up in doing things, even good things. 

Christ comes to the woman's defense, admonishing those who criticized her. He reminded them that although it’s important to serve and minister to those in need, it is also important to sit at his feet and worship him. This woman demonstrated her love for Christ by offering an extravagant gift. It made little sense to others, but isn’t that usually the case when we linger long in his presence? Others may think it strange, but there are times when out of genuine gratitude for all that he has done, we’re compelled to remain. 

As I pondered this text, I wondered about the last time I lingered at his feet; and I was reminded once again that even good things can get in the way of doing what is best. I am honestly more like Martha, and it has taken me years to cultivate a heart that willingly chooses to be still. 

There is also an account in Luke 10 when Jesus gently corrected Martha after she complained that her sister Mary was doing nothing to help with preparations for their guests. Jesus reminded Martha that Mary had chosen the better thing. Like the woman who lavished Jesus with the costly perfume, Mary sat at our Lord’s feet and gave him her undivided attention. Both women demonstrated their love by choosing to sit at his feet.

Before we rush headlong into the day, let’s take a moment to sit in his presence and lavish him with love. In the Lord’s estimation, this is a beautiful thing.

Heavenly Father, you long to speak to us. Remind us to sit quietly in your presence before we start our day and help us to recognize our need for solitude. It is in your presence we will find strength. In Jesus name, Amen.

Nydia, NY