Mary had chosen to be close to Jesus, to sit at His feet.
In contrast to Martha’s looking at the people in the house, her to-do list and her own sense of fairness, Mary was sitting down on the floor, looking at Jesus.
Her whole posture was one of humility. Her body language reads: “I need Thee, oh I need Thee,” rather than, “I got this.”
In that humility of trusting God rather than her own abilities, Mary took the pressure off herself.
She was embodying Psalm 46:10 - “Be still and know that I am God.”
What does “be still” mean?
The Hebrew for “be still” translates to let go of your grip, to make oneself weak. What a freeing idea! In our complete dependence on a God who won’t ever fail us, we find freedom.
Mary modeled a restful worship as she settled down and settled in or abided with Jesus. She abided in the Vine and realized that apart from God she could do nothing.
What is it you and I need to let go of? Could it be our tight grip on our schedules? Could it being saying “yes” all the time so we have only leftovers for God?
We have to be still so we can know that He is God. And we are not.
Father God, I thank you today for the example of Mary who knew that the best place to be was at the feet of Jesus. Help me, God, to let go of needing to control people and situations. Help me abide in You and know that in my weakness Your strength is made perfect. Amen