Almost perfect: that she was. She was sweet, kind, and beautiful. No one can or ever will say a bad or distasteful word about her. She never had a conflict, and she never became angry.. Her skin was flawless with no wrinkles, and she did nothing special. No extra money spent on skincare; she just owned porcelain skin. No frown lines because she always smiled. She loved the Lord, and that was evident through her life.
Her sisters listed these characteristics about her in her obituary. It was written eloquently with love. There were many words that described her, but the one that represented her the best was uncomplicated.
Uncomplicated in the dictionary means simple, not complicated by something outside itself, not complex, straightforward.
Isn’t this what our lives are suppose to be: uncomplicated? Are you uncomplicated? Oh, how I wish I was.
I turn to the Bible and I think of several people that were uncomplicated. Mary is one of those simple, uncomplicated people. She didn’t make her tasks difficult. She didn’t fret, ponder, or worry what others would think. She simply bowed at Jesus’s feet and listened to Him.
So what made Mary so uncomplicated?
It was her approach to life. She approached life the way the Lord wanted her to approach it. She didn’t look for approval from others. She didn’t second-guess her decisions. She made her approach easy because she simply obeyed. She prayed and knew what situations were for her and what situations weren’t. She had a “mine/ thine” attitude of life. She minded her business and didn’t get into complicated relationships with others. She knew what was important and even better than that, she knew what to weed out of her garden to make life beautiful.
Because of Mary’s approach to life, she was able to put the Lord first and discern His voice. She spent time with Him. Mary had her priorities straight.
We can take away many lessons from Mary. She learned early on that busyness in life could take away from truly knowing the Lord. She let no barrier stand between her and Jesus. Mary’s approach to Jesus’ was that of responding to His needs. There was no preparation: she just acted. She anointed his body with oil preparing him for what was ahead. (Matthew 26:12-13) Because of this many say that Mary was perhaps one of the only people that really understood and accepted Jesus’ upcoming death.
We make our lives complicated. Hectic schedules and the noise of the world distract us, but Jesus made us to be simple. (Ecclesiastes 7:29) He wants us to have simple lives that are drawn to him.
My friend knew this. Everyday of her life she drew closer to Him. Her approach to cancer was that of faith. Even on her darkest days, her lips still turned up into a beautiful smile. Her smile made her who she was. No frown lines or stress wrinkles for her. Why? She was uncomplicated because like Mary there was no barrier between her and Jesus.
Take a lesson from my friend and become uncomplicated. Rest in His presence and don’t let the outside world become a barrier between you and the Lord. Simplify your life and yield to Him.
Turn your frown upside down and live uncomplicated!