on sitting like Mary

it’s the season of lent. most of our culture just views this time of the year as a time when Christians give up something until Easter. whoop-de-do. don’t get me wrong, i do that too, but that’s not the main point. i Β gave up facebook as my “fast” so that i would remember to use that time that i usually mindlessly check facebook to think about God or godly things. but that’s still not the main point of lent.

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i’m convinced that the main point of Lent is to sit at the feet of Jesus like Mary did.

“Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and annoited the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of perfume.”

John 12:3

see, Mary was good at sitting at his feet. and she knew at WHOSE FEET she sat. she sat there when her sister Martha got annoyed at her for not helping {Luke 10:38-42}. and she sat there in a room full of his disciples. she sat there and KNEW HIM AS CHRIST.

but she was also good at being herself in front of him…her full, womanly, passionate self. she didn’t worry about what others were thinking about her and she didn’t shy away from expressing her devotion to Jesus.

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and can you imagine how uncomfortable it would have been for all those men in the room? here was this woman expressing her devotion with perfume and her hair…um… rather sensually. but it was from her heart. she was loving him in an act humility, as the servant would wash the feet of the master, as a daughter of The King. as the bride to her True Bridegroom. when you think about it, she may have been the only one in the room who truly knew how to worship her savior at that moment.

and what i like about this passage, and what I can’t stop thinking about, is that later on, Jesus even encourages her that she has done right. when questioned by one of his disciples about the waste of perfume, he says to leave her alone and let her continue to do what she is doing. HE accepted her and encouraged her womanhood. He didn’t try to push it aside like the disciples may have wanted. especially for that time in history, a woman doing this in front of all these men must have been CRAZY. she was blessed by God himself with her passion, her love and her faith. So Jesus encouraged her to be who she was made to be!

so, i feel Jesus asking me to just sit, sit at His feet in worship and love and adoration as I prepare my heart for Easter. to come just as i am, spit up covered, overwhelmed and exhausted. maybe just even for the ten minutes I can get away… but just to come as I am and sit at His feet.

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Will you join me in sitting like Mary?

Xoxo- kimberly renee

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2 Responses to on sitting like Mary

  1. JT Holderman March 20, 2014 at 10:51 am #

    Wonderful word today sweetie!

  2. Karen March 20, 2014 at 1:23 pm #

    Beautiful! Thank you.

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