Luke 10:38-42 “Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.’ But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.’“
Today was a little chaotic in our house. I’m sure you also experience days (or weeks, or years even!) that just seem like endless busyness! And not the productive kind of busyness (like planting a crop and you stand back and think: welp, that was fruitful! Lookie there!). I’m talking the pointlessly-treading-water kind that leaves you feeling empty. Bone-weary. And very, very grumpy! Whether you’re single and in college or married with kids or retired and fancy-free, the world has a way of hampering our spirits and biding us to soul-numbing “duty.”
I’m sure we’ve all heard the story of Martha and Mary countless times! There might be a reason for that, though… We still don’t seem to get it! Jesus is with us now. In adoration. In tabernacles all over the world. In church. In the silence of our hearts and homes. We can commune with Him more freely than ever. But, like Martha, we feel this incessant need to busy ourselves with task after task after task.
Perhaps this is how we were taught to see our value and worth (if so, He adores you even if you can’t live up to your own standards)? Maybe it’s legitimately a season of extreme busyness so your family can survive (If so, He cares for the sparrows and infinitely more for your little nest)? Or maybe… just maybe… we busy ourselves to keep the call of Jesus at bay. If we busy ourselves enough, we won’t notice He’s aching to tell us something. To teach us His ways. To rekindle that fire. Are you are afraid that Holy Fire might consume you if you let Him breathe life into your heart again?
But can you imagine the freedom you’d experience if you let Him…
Take a moment, friends. Listen to the ache in your heart. Our minds and bodies and souls were designed for communion with our God. This imbalance we experience - pressed upon us by society - will exhaust each aspect of our beings if we don’t make space for sitting at Christ’s feet.
Take a Victory, a Blessing, and Take delight in the Lord this weekend!