Well now…this should be interesting.
I have been reminded of something I lack…one of my weaknesses. Even
as I sit here reminded…convicted, even, to some degree…I find myself
unable to follow the words given to me. Instead, I find myself writing this
post to share my thoughts with you, because it’s something that most of
you need as desperately as I do.
“As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where
a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called
Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was
distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and
asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by
myself? Tell her to help me!”
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about
many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better,
and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:38-42)
There’s always something to do. Always. And no matter how much we do,
there’s always more waiting to be done. We get worried and upset about
many things. We forget that only one thing is needed. Mary chose what is
better. Most of the time, we do not.
It’s interesting that the things Martha was doing, she was doing for the Lord.
Running around cooking, cleaning, getting the table set. Now, there’s a thought.
All of her “busy-ness” was for the Lord. Everything she was doing, she was
doing for Jesus. Everything. Just as I’m sharing this with you, for your sake,
yes…but I’m also doing it for him. And yet…
“Mary has chosen what is better….”
Even knowing that there’s a better choice, I feel compelled to occupy these
moments in being busy…and even though I like to think it’s in his service, I
can’t help but take a long, hard look at the irony.
“Be still, and know that I am God…” (Ps. 46:10)
But if I’m still, won’t I get even farther behind? Won’t that give me even more
to do tomorrow? What if the one thing I neglect, in order to be still, is the one
thing that can’t wait? At the same time, it CAN wait…for there is always much
to be done. Even if I do it now, there will be more to do once I’m finished…
and I’ll still be just as behind as before.
The Bible doesn’t tell us how Martha reacted to the mild rebuke given by
Jesus. Did she finish cooking dinner? Did she sit beside Mary and spend
time with the Lord, rather than being busy for him? Was she upset that he
took Mary’s side? Did she even realize she had been gently scolded?
Maybe if we spent more time being still…listening to what he had to say…
maybe if we could get over being busy and getting farther behind…if we
could just LISTEN…and spend a little time with him…he would teach us
the things we need to learn in order to keep us from being “worried and
upset about many things”. Maybe then we could live a little easier…be a
little more relaxed. Experience a little more peace in a chaotic world.
Martha was busy for Jesus. Mary sat at his feet listening to what he had to
say…and it was Mary who had made the better choice. Shouldn’t that tell