Worth the Waste
If I am the opposite of anything... it’s wasteful.
I have a propensity to re-create leftovers into completely new meals or old items that have lost our interest into new ones that are usable.
I’ve been known to use diaper, that are slightly too small for our babies tush, just to prevent loosing a few dollars.
I love efficiency and so I dislike waste.
I love productivity and accomplishment.
This directly translates into our walk with God...
“As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.””
Luke 10:38-42 NLT
The staggering thing about Martha’s request to Jesus in Luke 10 is that there were real, legitimate needs that had to be attended to and Mary had chosen to just sit at Jesus’ feet instead. Like, the Savior of the world drops by and dinner isn’t even on the stove because Mary wanted to wastefully sit in His presence!
To me, a lover of productive efficiency, this seems maddening.
But to Jesus this was the thing that He longed for....
Today, Jesus may not be in the flesh, in our living rooms, waiting for dinner to be served...
But He is in our waiting seasons where life hasn’t turned out as we hoped...
He is in our disappointments...
Our hidden season when we feel like our contributions are unnoticed...
Our overwhelmed seasons when finances are bare and the future is uncertain...
He is in the moments where we desperately wish we could just charge through and wake up and be past the discomfort so we can feel something other than unsetteled.
These moments when my laundry pile has been ever increasing.
Where my floors have crumbs from 6 tiny humans eating all day.
When my quiet time with the Lord didn’t satisfy the anguish that life has poured out on me that day.
These are the moments we must waste our time sitting at His feet.
That we let go of the day to day demands we SO hope to be productive in and let our soul be refreshed anew with being in His presence.
With no time slot.
No boxes to check.
There is no substitute to unfettered time alone with God.
We’re just often to busy cooking dinner to pause and sit in His presence when He comes to our house.
When He stops by in the form of discouragement and disappointment.
When He invites us to dine with Him by allowing unchanging circumstances.
We check off our list, after we have done our duties in scripture reading that morning, but He is not one to be checked...
He longs to be worth your waste.
Worth putting aside the Netflix binge to hear His voice.
Worth the judgment of others when your laundry is overflowing and you chose to sit and hear Him... knowing your soul will be filled to overflowing in that wasted moment.
He longs for you to let all the outward perfection dissipate, as the meal was late for Martha...
He longs to be worth the wait and worth your waste.
Mary DISCOVERED this beautiful truth and I pray you discover it today and waste your precious extra moments with the Maker who is inviting you to dine with Him.