Where You Are by Dr. Michelle Bengtson

 

Have you ever had those times when you were really growing in your walk with the Lord? Confident in Him and who you are in Him?

Or what about those times when you just felt like your walk could use a little help?

One of the things I appreciate most about our Lord and Savior is that He meets us where we are. I see this in how He related to His friends, the sisters, Mary and Martha.

I remember the richness of knowing I was squarely in the center of His will, and moving in tandem with Him. I was growing in my walk, and delighting in the deepening intimacy with my Savior. It reminded me a little of Mary, when Jesus told her sister Martha that only one thing mattered and Mary had discovered it, and it would not be taken from her:

“but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:42)

Can I tell you though, that I’ve also been where Martha was? Wanting to be Mary, but not sure where things went wrong, or worse yet, how to make them right. Times when I’ve needed Him to meet me in my less than confident places, when I wanted to be stronger in my faith, but feeling weak or immature.

As Scripture recounts, Martha wasn’t actually doing anything wrong. It says that Martha was busy doing what had to be done:

“But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made” (Luke 10:40).

The problem wasn’t the work Martha was involved in. It was that she was distracted from what really mattered.

I’ve always loved Mary and Martha. They are probably two of my favorite biblical characters. I can relate to both. Mary had such a heart for worship. Yet Martha had such a heart for service. I believe the Lord honors both.

In this familiar story in Luke, I love how Jesus met Martha exactly where she was. He didn’t shame her. He just lovingly said that Mary’s devotion to worship was to be prized over service, and that He would not choose to punish her for that.

In essence He was saying, “Martha, what you are doing is good, but there is something even better, and if you want to be close to me, come to me rather than do for me.”

But we all go through seasons in our Christian walk. Some seasons when we are full of faith, close, and growing, and other seasons when we feel dry and maybe even distant.

I was struck by how different the scene was when in the book of John, the two sisters sent word to Jesus that their brother Lazarus was ill and dying, and then he did die. When Jesus finally made his way to Bethany, it was Martha who ran to meet Him while Mary stayed at home. Martha greeted Jesus with strong faith.

Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask.” (John 11:21-22)

More conversation was had, and Martha went to get Mary so she too could see Jesus, and together they would go to Lazarus’s tomb. Both Martha and Mary questioned Jesus, and declared that they knew that if Jesus had come sooner, they knew He could have saved Lazarus from dying. But it was Martha who declared her faith that even now, she knew that God would do whatever Jesus asked. It was there that she was in a different place, full of faith. And there, Jesus rewarded Martha’s faith:

Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” (John 11:40).

I’m so grateful that Jesus meets us where we are. Some days we will be full of faith, ready to put our heals on the heads of serpents and scorpions, declaring victory in Jesus’ name. Other days, we may see the giants ahead of us and forget who goes before us, walks beside us, and hems us in from the rear. Yet no matter where we are, He meets us there.

Friend, I don’t know where you are today. Whether you are full of faith and confidence in God and your relationship with Him, or wondering if He even sees you or knows your name. But can I assure you that He will meet you where you are, just as He did for Mary and Martha? There was nothing special about them—they were His friends, and the Bible calls you His friend too. So what He did for them, He will do for you as well. Let Him meet you where you are today.

 

Because of Him, #HopePrevails!
DrB

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