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"Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught." - Luke 10:39 NLT

If he could have talked, he might have asked, “Can I sit on your foot?”

The highlight of my middle school years involved staying with my paternal grandparents. My home address became 955 Whitman St., Orangeburg, South Carolina. My grandfather delivered ice cream, and I spent the entire summer helping him do it. Most of his stops were mom-and-pop shops located in small rural towns and scattered throughout country lanes in and around Orangeburg.

One, however, stood out. When I asked my grandfather the name of the store, he said, “The store where the dog sits on your foot.” And he did. As soon as people entered the front door, the small dog made his way over to greet them. If they stood still long enough, he sat on one of their feet.

I found it difficult to break away and help my grandfather stock the ice cream. I wanted to stay in one spot and enjoy the dog sitting on my foot. I often wondered what made him do this. It didn’t appear his owners had taught him. Perhaps sitting demonstrated his way of saying thanks to customers for giving his owners their business.

Maybe sitting showed Mary’s appreciation, too. She and her siblings’ home provided a favorite stopping place for Jesus and His disciples. As Martha hurried about, preparing a meal to serve Jesus and His friends, Mary sat at His feet and listened to Him talk and teach. When Martha complained to Jesus about her sister’s laziness, Jesus told her Mary had chosen the most important thing.

Silence and meditation are hard to come by in our busy world, but both are necessary if I’m to sit at Jesus’ feet. Crowds thronged Him, but He took time to get away with His heavenly Father. If it was important to Him, it should be to me. When He says to be still and know He is God, He means it. Noise and busyness drown out His Spirit speaking to my spirit. I need reassurance that He and I are on good terms. I need to feel His unconditional love and to experience His direction for my life. And I need renewed energy to obey His commands. All of which only come by sitting at His feet.

Silence and meditation won’t automatically happen. Make them a priority in your life so you won’t miss God’s best.

Martin Wiles is managing editor of Christian Devotions, assistant editor of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas and author of Grits & Grace & God and Grits, Gumbo and Going to Church. His work is featured at www.lovelinesfromgod.com.

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