The One Thing that Cannot be Taken Away

“Martha 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.” But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”  -Luke 10: 40-42

A couple of months ago I read this passage and found myself unusually pondering it.  Sure, I’ve read it before and I’ve heard the story of Mary and Martha told numerous times, but this time around was different.  It was like God was priming me to be taken into a head-meets-the-heart (but yet not-so-fun) kind of revelation. The Lord knew I needed the foundation of this truth to be what propelled me into the next season He was planning to take me through.  He knew I wouldn’t have made it without a deep conviction of this reality to carry me through.  

The truth is…nothing in this world is guaranteed.  

No person. no place. no job. no romance. no family. no marriage. no church. no substance...

Nothing.  

At any moment it can be taken away.  

And as Martha complained to Jesus about Mary doing “nothing” but sitting at His feet, Jesus looked at her and spoke a truth that I pray will strike me to my core for the rest of my life…

Jesus says, “Martha, Mary has found me…she has found my presence.  And this is the one thing that cannot be taken away from her.”  

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Coming from someone who is not only experiencing a cold reality check in my own life of watching my entire life be uprooted, I’ve also been watching countless people who come in for prayer at my job experience the same exact thing. 

For me personally, the things I’ve subconsciously found so much of my identity in for years, God has allowed to be stripped away.  Worship leading, teaching, much of my social life, living in a house with seven girls….the list could could go on and on.  All these things are not present in my life right now, and on a daily basis I continuously feel the Lord asking me, “Okay Janae, who are you?  Apart from those things…who do you say that you are? And where does your hope lie?”  

And every day, no matter how hard I have to fight to believe that this season will not last forever, I look at the Lord and say “Jesus, I’m a lover of you. That’s who I am. And I don’t ever want to be defined by anything else.”  

I'm recurrently learning that finding my hope, identity, and safety in Him is the only thing that is truly unshakeable. 

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Deeply placed inside of the core of every human being lies the need to feel safe. And though we often try to fill this need with other things, God is the only place of refuge that will never be shaken.  

When we recognize that the presence of the Lord is our one place of safety that will not be taken away from us, we can fight any battle from inside His fortress.  We can finally risk to open up our hearts, step into vulnerability, chase our dreams, fall in love, recover from loss and trauma, learn to trust at the risk of disappointment….all of these things are not so scary anymore when we find our foundation of safety in Him —the one thing that CANNOT…WILL NOT…be taken away.  

So today, though my flesh screams “CURL UP IN YOUR CAVE OF FEAR," I’m going to choose to trust. 

Today, in His fortress where I will not be shaken, I’ll choose to step out of my walls of fear and live in the sweet recognition that I have found Him.  And He is unshakeable.  

Bye Bye Fear.  

And yes, this song will be on repeat for a very very long time.  

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