Luke 10:38-42 (NLT) says:

38 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.39 Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. 40 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.”

41 But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! 42 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Have you ever noticed how this text points out that Mary sat at Jesus’s feet? It reminds me of grade school days when the teacher would call us over to the corner of the room to sit on the nice, plush, cushy carpet. She would sit in her chair and read to us. We would sit there cross-legged, looking up in awe at her. We were child-like: present, enjoying the moment.

This past fall, our daughter started preschool. On the first day of school she did something I wasn’t expecting. When I tried to give her a hug and say goodbye, she tugged at my arm, trying with all of her might to drag me into the classroom.

The Martha within me was in a hurry, and so I tried my best to be patient. Thankful for the help, I watched my daughter’s teacher scoop her up and proceed to bring her into the classroom.

All I wanted to do was quietly exit the building, but as I tried to step away from the situation, I turned around and saw a line of children and parents I had been blocking to make their entrance into the classroom.

Eventually I made my way to the car. Before turning the ignition, I prayed:
God, you’ve got this. She’s yours. The preschool will call me if they need me.

Once I started the car, I turned on the radio. Tears welled up in my eyes as I heard the Chris Tomlin song At the Cross (Love Ran Red) play. The song helped me let down my guard and lean in:

At the cross, at the cross
I surrender my life
I’m in awe of You
I’m in awe of You
Where Your love ran red
And my sin washed white
I owe all to You
I owe all to You, Jesus

That morning I read in my Bible reading plan Galatians 2:20-21, which says:

“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless,” NLT.

Two and a half hours later, I went back to pick up my daughter. As she bolted out of the classroom door to give me a tackle-like hug she said, “Mommy, Mommy. I was upset because I wanted to play with you.” She was trying to give voice to what had happened prior to class.

I chatted briefly with her teacher and learned she handled our daughter’s little fit very well. As the day progressed, I realized that what happened that morning was the best thing–even though it was unexpected and uncomfortable. Why? Our daughter articulated herself really well, from day one she’s learning how to trust her teacher, I got to see scripture that I read that morning become alive and active and not return void. And as a result I’m learning how to trust our Teacher, Jesus Christ, better.

How have you seen the word become alive and active and not return void in your life?

A published writer, speaker, mom, and wife, Stacey Thureen helps you stay grounded in your faith, so that you can find stability on the seesaws of life. Stacey has been featured in publications, on television, podcast and radio programs. To learn more please visit or check out her Facebook page at

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