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BASKING IN THE PRESENCE OF OUR HEAVENLY FATHER

Guest Writer, Mellisha Carter-Linton | April 10, 2024| Blog, Christianity

According to dictionary.com the word bask means, “to enjoy a pleasant situation.” In the book of Luke chapter 10: 38 – 42, it states that Jesus entered a certain village and was welcomed to the house of Martha who had a sister named Mary.

Different Approaches to Jesus’ Presence

Martha being a good hostess begun to prepare for her guests. The Bible said she was distracted with serving and said to Jesus in verse 40. “Lord do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore, tell her to help me.” (NKJV). “Martha, Martha.” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 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: 41-42 NIV). He called her name twice, to get her attention to have her put a pause on the stressing and complaining (in my opinion).  Martha represents most of us today, as we are always on the move managing family, work, church duties and volunteering, among other things. We get so wound up with the tasks that most times are the result of personal choices. When we get overwhelmed we begin to lash out and blame others, if they dear not assist us in our self made misery. 

Since Jesus was always on the move fulfilling his mandate. Mary had a brilliant idea, she seized the opportunity to sit at Jesus’ feet, to gain knowledge and understanding from the words He was sharing.    Mary ensured that she had a pleasant situation, basking in Jesus’ presence.

King David’s Approach

King David understood what it meant to bask in the presence of God. In the book of 2 Samuels 6:  12 – 23, King David went for the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom, which he took back to the City of David with gladness. In verse 14 it says that David danced before the Lord with all his might. There was much celebration, as the people transported the ark of God.

Michal, Saul’s daughter looked through a window and saw King David leaping and whirling before the Lord and she despised him in her heart.  She went on further to accost him about his behaviour while dancing and exposing himself, being a king. David responded that he will play music before the Lord, as He chose him to rule over His people Israel. He added that he would be even more undignified than this.  In verse 23  it states, “Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.” (NKJV)

What does basking in God’s presence mean to me?

Sitting at Jesus’ feet means that I have humbled myself and understand that I need direction and guidance.  It is a power position that denotes the following:  

  • I am a mere human with limitations and faults. He has all the answers.
  • There is peace in the presence of the Lord, so I wont be distracted with chores, deadlines, targets and the other demands on my life. We all know that work never ends.
  • God’s love is unconditional and he doesn’t want us to navigate life alone. He wants relationship.
  • There will be people who will criticize your praise but you know where the Lord brought you from.
  • The Michal’s who stand between you and your praise will be barren.

Remember that being in the presence of God is the best part of your life, you should not let no Martha or Michal distract you.

Mellisha is an award-winning JCDC writer , a best-selling author of the book From Bitterness to Bitterness. She is a Christian empowerment coach , an internal auditor, mentor and the mother of two awesome teenagers. To learn more connect with her at www.mellishacarterlinton.com

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