For those of you who might not be familiar with this story, it’s found in the Gospel of Luke and it’s short enough for me to share it all here.
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 are layers and layers of truth in this story but I’m not going to get into all of that (although I would love to and maybe will another time).
Here’s the deal… I’ve been running like Martha but I crave the life and love of Mary.
I don’t know if it’s the season or the fact that I’ve bitten off more than I can chew —or both.
Regardless of the details that have brought me to this place, I’m choosing to do something about it. I’ve been distracted, worried and upset about many things. Like Martha, I’ve assumed that all of the things I’ve been doing are good because…they’re for Him. But they’re not what is better. The Doing is never better than the Being. I need to focus my heart, soul, mind and strength on the one thing that’s needed. Jesus.
And although this is a struggle, I’m so thankful that God chose today, during this time of year, to bring me back to my first Love… To bring me back to the feet of Jesus so that I can listen to what He’s saying instead of assuming that I already know.
I imagine that most of us have pulled a Martha… Maybe you’re stuck in her shadow right now.
Read the story again.
Hear Jesus speak into your distraction… “…only one thing is needed.” Like Mary then, choose what is better. And don’t let doing good become opposed to choosing better.