Life at His Feet

I wonder if Mary’s heart was beating fast as she gazed upon her Savior for the first time. Her sister’s complaints fading into the background as she heard the sound of His feet walking around her home. He stops walking, and words of life start flowing from His lips.

Her heart whispers, “Closer, Mary, closer.” She stops at His feet and sits. Listening intently to every word He says.
 
This was the moment they met. At His feet. That was kind of Mary’s thing- intense adoration and beautiful devotion to her King. Each step Jesus took closer to her, she took another until she was there again- bending low in worship, bestowing beauty to the author of her heart.

Jesus shared a precious exchange with Mary as well as her sister Martha and her brother Lazarus. There was a love there that bonded them together so uniquely. I can imagine when Lazarus became ill there was panic laced with faith. Death was on the table, but there was still hope because they knew Jesus.

But Jesus didn’t come until 4 days later (John 11:17), and Martha met the Lord in sorrow, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother wouldn’t have died” (John 11:21)

Jesus replied, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” - John 11:25-26

“Yes, Lord,” She says. “I believe You are the Messiah, the Son of God, who comes into the world” - John 11:27

Gosh, do I commend her faith here or what. So many times when brokenness becomes too real of a reality I can lose sight of who I know the Lord to be. Even in heartbreak, Martha was resilient in her faith and hope in who Jesus was.
 
Hearing of His coming, Mary ran out of her house to meet Him. I would love to have seen this moment between the two of them. Bloodshot eyes and tearstained cheeks, she once again fell at Her Savior's feet. This time filled with a defeat that pierced her soul.

“Lord, if you had been here…” she declared to Him and wept.

This moment wrecks me. I can so easily be Mary, can’t you? The countless moments we meet Him at His feet with wonder in our hearts- contemplating the brokenness of our reality and the divine timing, hope and life giving spirit of our King. They don’t always intertwine the way we dream for them to, do they? But then I read stories like this and it gravitates me back to the heart of God. It reminds me of who He really is.
 
There was something in Mary’s posture, in her words that struck the Lord’s heart so deeply tears welled in His eyes. Though He was determined for His beloved family to know there was a greater glory on display, He wept with her.

There bent low in the dirt, compassion met heartache as hope lingered on the horizon.

Can we stop here, just for a moment, in the dirt with them? This is where hurt sliced so deep and the God of life came closer and closer to His child in need.
 
I read in a devotion this morning about the beauty of Jesus’ identity revealed in this chapter. It said:

“To Martha, Jesus established Himself as God.
To Mary, Jesus established Himself as human.”
 
(She Reads Truth)

Resurrection. It’s not just a promise for the sting of death to leave. It’s a promise for rebirth and restoration. Dead things will live again. Cold hearts will beat again. Voids will be filled again. And life. It’s a promise of abundance, a fullness we can’t explain, a compassionate and deeply kind God who will always give love, and light, and life to His children.
 
There are times I am so faint of heart that I just need Him, I just need His presence to do what only He can do. So when Jesus stopped, and wept with His girl, my heart is filled with so much hope that He will always stop in His tracks to give life back to my heart however it needs.

Here with Mary, Jesus displays a great glory of God. He isn’t afraid to endure pain with us and even more, He isn’t afraid to do whatever it takes so that we may weep no more.
 
The brokenness of grief remained in the tomb with Lazarus’ grave clothes, and the hope of Christ was established once again.

I wonder how their faith and hope felt after their brother’s resurrection. The admiration in their eyes gazing at their Savior. The gratitude in their hearts. Little did they know another tomb would soon hold the grave clothes of their King and resurrection and life would rise to greater heights than they could dream.
 
Mary. A woman enthralled by her King never stopped drawing near to Him. Many days after her brother’s return to life, there was a dinner held for Jesus. Martha served like she always did and Mary drew closer, like she always did. She knelt at His feet and let her hair fall as she anointed the God of life.

I pray that our faith would be encouraged by this story. That our hope would be restored in believing the Lord will give life to us forever. That like Mary, our hearts would long to sit at the feet of our King in every season. Jesus, crown your children with lovingkindness and redemption. Reveal yourself to us, with personal intimacy, the beauty of who you are. Thank you for never leaving us but filling us again and again.
 
“How enriched are they who find their strength in the Lord; within their hearts are the highways of holiness! Even when their paths wind through the dark valley of tears, they dig deep to find a pleasant pool where others find only pain. He gives them a brook of blessing filled from the rain of an outpouring.” - Psalm 84:5-6

Author | Emily Goldin

Recent

Archive

 2021

Categories

no categories

Tags

1 Corinthians 1 Kings 1 Peter 2 Corinthians 2 Peter Aaron Vickroy Abba Abiding Abigail Bradley Abundance Accountability Actions Adam Salway Addiction Adoration Adventure Alafia Adeleke Alex Hinton Alignment Andrew Elder Andrew Smith Anger Anna DiCosty Anna Goellner Anointing Ansley Davenport Anxiety Armor of God Ashlyn Williams Ashton Brantley Asian American and Pacific Islander Month Aubrey Gold Authority Autumn Pressley Awakening Bailey Meyne Balance Beauty Becca Johnstone Becca Morgan Being Uncomfortable Being mortal Beloved Benji Johnston Bentley Clark Bethel Black History Month Blessing Body Image Body of Christ Boldness Boundaries Brad Schiebel Bravery Breakthrough Brittany Futch Brokenness Brooke DeLoach Brooklyn Holloway COVID-19 Caitlin Cooper Calling Calvary Cam Pace Caroline Barnes Caroline Beasley Caroline Newton Carolyn McLain Celebration Change Charlie Knox Child-like Chloe Glass Chosen Christina Hensley Christlikeness Christmas Survival Guide Christmas Claire Jordan Clarity Colorado Comfort Commitment Communion Community Comparison Compassion Complacency Confidence Connection Consistency Contentment Control Conviction Correction Counseling Courage Covenants Creativity Cristina Rosiles Dating Decisions Dependency Depth Desperation Devon Radford Disappointment Discernment Discipleship Leadership Blog Discipleship Discipline Distraction Diversity Division Doubt Dreams Dutch Williams Easter Eat the Book El Roi El Shaddai Elders Elijah Elizabeth Sprinkle Ellie Knight Ellyzsa Valencia Emily Baker Emily Goldin Emily Helton Emily Summers Emma Kate Shelton Emma Whitmer Emmanuel Fortuchang Emotions Empathy Emptiness Encountering God Encounter Encouragement Rooms Endurance Enough Environment Envy Erin Gilleland Eternity Evan Correa Evangelism Exodus Expectation Faithfulness Faith Family Fear of the Lord Fear Feeling Lost Feeling Safe Fernanda Lima Forgiveness Fredom Freedom Freely Given Freshley Friendship Fruits of the Spirit Fun Future Garner Gay Generosity Genesis Gentleness Gift Giving Giving Glory of God God as a Father God is Smart God is with us God's Character God's Heart God's Names God's Plans God's Plan God's Power God's Presence God's Promises God's Timing God's Voice God's Will God\'s Character God\'s Heart God\'s Names God\'s Plans God\'s Plan God\'s Power God\'s Presence God\'s Promises God\'s Timing God\'s Voice God\'s Will God\\\'s Character God\\\'s Heart God\\\'s Names God\\\'s Plans God\\\'s Plan God\\\'s Power God\\\'s Presence God\\\'s Promises God\\\'s Voice God\\\'s Will God\\\\\\\'s Character God\\\\\\\'s Presence God\\\\\\\'s Voice Government Grace Gratitude Guatemala Guidance Haley Blanchard Haley Hall Hallie Turner Hannah Cole Healing Heart Posture Heaven Hinds Feet on High Places Hispanic Heritage Month History of Prayer History of Revival History of Wesley Holidays Holiness Holly Avera Holy Spirit Holy Week Home Honor Hope Hospitality Humility Hunger Hunter MacInnis I Am Ian Burkes Identity Idols Image of God Imagination Influence Inheritance Intention Intercession Interning Intimacy Isolation Jake Stephens Jamaica Jamie Cherf Jealousy Jennifer Daniel Jessie Thomas Jesus John Wesley John Joseph Josh DeRamus Journaling Joy Judgment Julia Baughn Justice Justin Patton Kalli Drake Karla Sanchez Tavera Katherine Burnette Katie Courson Katie Pilson Katie Pitner Katy Smith Kelley Losinger Kelly Losinger Kelsey Parham Kennedy Browning Kimberly Klaer Kindness Kingdom Knowing God Knowledge Known Kourtney Axelberg Kristen Fikse Kyle Pickett Language Latinx Heritage Month Lauren Forbes Leadership Legacy Lia Herrera Life Light Lindsey Conway Listening Living Water Living with God Logic Loneliness Longing Los Angeles Loss Love Languages Love Luvlan Lee Mackenzie Wells Maddie Marsh Madeline Current Madelyn Livingston Madison Davis Makinizi Hoover Mariah Foote Mariah Taylor Marlena Sculac Marriage Martin Luther King Jr. Matthew Maturity Melissa Merrick Mental Health Mercy Meredith Ashburn Messiah Michael Weidner Miracles Missions Morgan Attebery Mourning Names Narnia Nashville Natalie Mata Nathan DeYoung New Covenant New Year Obedience Old Covenant Olivia Beals Olivia Ellis Openness Outreach Pain Partnership Passover Past Paul Peace Perfection Perseverance Perspective Peter Pharisees Philippians Power Praise Prayer Guide Prayer Meetings Prayer Pride Processing Prophecy Protection Provision Psalm 23 Psalms Purity Purpose Rachel Dow Rachel Erin Taylor Rachel Henderson Rachel Jones Racial Healing Racial Reconciliation Rebecca Mejia Recipes Reconciliation Red Rising Redemption Refinement Reflection Reform Refreshing Relationship Remedy Repentance Resolutions Resources Responsibility Restoration Rest Resurrection Reverence Revival Rhythm Righteousness Riley Orr Risk Romance Romans 8 Romans Rosalie Vendrell Ruth Sabbath Sacrifice Salvation Sam Adams Sam Carroll Sam Darby Samantha Forbes Samantha Richey Sanctification Sarah Savoie Savannah Shaw Savannah Ugan Scripture Seasons Secrets of the Secret Place Seeking God Selah Self-love Sermon on the Mount Serving Shaking Shame Sidney Counsell Singleness Sin Slowing Solitude Sorrow Sovereignty Spiritual Disciplines Spiritual Gifts Spiritual Health Spiritual Themes Spiritual Warfare Status Steadfastness Stephanie Seda Stephanie Stewart Strength Stress Struggles Suffering Summer Survival Guide Summer of Psalms Summer Surrender Temple Temptation Tenderness Tension Testimony Thankfulness The Beatitudes The Church The Cross The Gospel The Law The Lord's Prayer The Lord\'s Prayer The Lord\\\'s Prayer The Prodigal Son The Road to Life The Secret Place The Shack The Ten Commandments The Trinity The Word of God Therapy Tori Kramer Transformation Transition Trust Truth Uncertainty Unity Urgency Values Victory Vision Vulnerability Wandering Wednesday Night Recap Who Am I Wilderness Wisdom Wonder Word for the Year Words Worship Worth