It’s Only….

These two words have started many comments this evening. It started actually late this afternoon, when looking at hubby I said, “It’s only 4:30”. It’s been one of those days.

Today as I was walking, I felt like the Lord told me to be still today, not have a long list of things to do, but to sit and do nothing. Well, He should know better than that for me. Sitting is not one of my finer points. I can wait for people in a vehicle, I can wait in a physicians’ office, I am a good ‘waiter’, but being still? Not me. It’s even worse with my fitbit as I am looking at it hourly to see how many steps I have done. Today, it’s been a measly 4,607, not much at all.

But, I am trying lately to listen to what I feel the Lord is telling me to do, some things in the past week I have shaken my head at, but, I have done them. I walk in the morning and that is my prayer time, my time for conversations with my Lord. I love those times. I loved this morning, except for the being still today.

So, I was quieter today. I just did one load of laundry. I fixed meals. I sent text messages and notes to people. Looking back,(as it is only 10:36 p.m. now), it was a nice day. We had several thunderstorms roll through out area and it was cozy in our living room. Hubby watched his favorite care repair videos , his favorite home repair videos, and that was his day. I tried to zone out the videos and I confess I did glance up more than I expected.

As we said, “It’s only 6:15 p.m.”, I knew we were in for a long night. We couldn’t decide on a movie and we ended up listening to music from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. Before turning on the music I was certain we would be stuck in time at 6:16 p.m.

It’s still been quiet, but somehow listening to music has brought smiles and small talk to us. I texted a friend and told her we were bored, but not bored enough to do anything about it. Sometimes quiet is good for you. Stillness is good, although I still prefer to be busy and not idle. Nevertheless, as it is now 10:45, I can honestly say I have had a good day. I have sat beside my husband, and shared in his day, just by being still and not busy. As I look around I know there is nothing in sight that needs immediate attention, yes, there are things that could be done, but they can wait. I have often thought that although my first given name is Mary, I have the tendencies of a Martha. I truly am trying to be like Mary in the Bible, sitting at the feet of Jesus and not like Martha, worrying about the things that needed to be done. Luke 10:38-42 (The Passion Translation): 38–39 As Jesus and the disciples continued on their journey, they came to a village where a woman welcomed Jesus into her home. Her name was Martha and she had a sister named Mary. Mary sat down attentively before the Master, absorbing every revelation he shared. 40 But Martha became exasperated with finishing the numerous household chores in preparation for her guests, so she interrupted Jesus and said, “Lord, don’t you think it’s unfair that my sister left me to do all the work by myself? You should tell her to get up and help me.” 41 The Lord answered her, “Martha, my beloved Martha. Why are you upset and troubled, pulled away by all these many distractions? 42 Mary has discovered the one thing most important by choosing to sit at my feet. She is undistracted, and I won’t take this privilege from her.”

Cathi (DAF)

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