The Upper Room devotional reflection for Tuesday, May 19th comes to us from Kevin Thomas of Alabama
Luke 10:38-42 NRSV 38 Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. 40 But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; 42 there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”
I remember having long talks with Melissa discussing the day’s activities, future plans, our goals, our future married life. Then there were the long pauses, maybe lasting as much as ten minutes when no one spoke. Yet we were connected, and somehow that was important. On long drives, walks in the park, or just sitting at the house, that same silence continues to be a part of our relationship. Sometimes just being present with one another is enough. I realize that truth even more fully when we are absent from each other. Presence matters.
In today’s reading, we see that Mary understood the value of presence. She didn’t have to join in the conversation. She didn’t have to be the center of attention. Just to be present at Jesus’ feet was enough. For her presence, Jesus rewarded her: “Mary has chosen the better part, which shall not be taken away from her.” What praise from the Master for simply being present with him! God still seeks our presence. In the hustle and bustle of each busy day, may we find time to sit quietly in God’s presence. In those precious moments of solitude may we discover intimacy beyond words; for when we draw near to God, God will draw near to us. (See Jas. 4:8.)
Prayer: O God, teach us to recognize your presence, and help us to stay connected with you throughout this day. Amen.
– Kevin Thomas
May Kevin’s words resonate within our hearts, leading us to intentionally make time to be present with God.