At His Feet
Jesus is in the home of the sisters, Mary & Martha. Mary sits at Jesus’ feet. Martha (being the Martha Stewart of the day) was in the kitchen working. Luke (10:38-42) describes Martha; while hospitality was a cultural expectation, she was distracted by all the stuff, the preparations, and the work. Frustrated, she urges Jesus to encourage Mary to help her. Jesus tells Martha, “you are anxious and troubled about many things” (v41, ESV). He continues that Mary is good right here – at His feet.
Mary was at Jesus’ feet. What a beautiful place to be. It is the place of learning. The custom was as a disciple, you sit at the feet of your Rabbi, your teacher. The one who you follow with your life. The one you desire to emulate. The common practice was for men not women to sit before a Rabbi. But here, here Mary boldly sits. Jesus so accepting of her.
Later, (John 11) Lazarus, the sisters’ brother is dead. He’s been in the grave four days. Jesus comes to them. Mary is again at His feet, this time, heartbroken. “When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw Him, she fell at His feet…” (v32).
Looking at Mary’s example, I have much to learn. I desire to be at Jesus’ feet, in the good times and not distracted by the stuff, or anxious and troubled. Or by what others are demanding of me, or what society expects of me. I want also to be at Jesus’ feet when my heart is overwhelmed, when tears stain the pages.
At His feet – In the good and in the painfilled.
In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love & good deeds.” – Hebrews 10:24)