Be like Mary not Martha…
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a women 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 few things are needed – or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Reading this verse today made me think…
Can you think of an event or a day that you wanted to be perfect? You spent months, weeks, hours planning every detail. Maybe it was your wedding? A baby shower? Your child’s 1st birthday? A Holiday meal? A Family Trip?
Maybe it is just life in general that we want to be perfect and try to control every little detail?
I can think of many events or days I wanted every detail to be perfect. Would stress about the smallest details, worrying about the future instead of focusing on the present. Missed out on the fellowship that was taking place making sure everyone else was enjoying themselves. I’d be cleaning and cooking in the kitchen instead of sitting down and enjoying the people that I wanted more than anything to be present in the moment with…If Jesus knocked at my door and I invited him in I would hope, I would be like Mary not Martha. But would I be? Would I be focused more on trying to make everything perfect for Him that I missed out being in his presence?
Why? Why was I like Martha? Why couldn’t I be more like Mary? I would love to just sit at the Lord’s feet and listen. How peaceful does that sound? Instead of regretting missing out on being present in the moment. Or worse comparing my life to Mary’s life, wanting what she had. How many times do we compare ourselves with others? What we see on social media, Facebook? We know that it’s only part of the story, yet we want that. Focusing on having that magazine looking house, always clean, always perfect. We know it doesn’t exist.
Yet, event after event or day after day we are like Martha. Missing out on the fellowship because we are caught up on things being perfect or worrying about tomorrow. Missing out on sitting down playing with the kids or truly listening to them. How many times does God feel this way with us? He longs to hear about everything you face and wants you to tell him everything you are feeling. He is your perfect friend, approachable, loving and eager to listen.
I want to be like Mary, I want to be present in the moment, everyday! Jesus is reminding us in this story, what we should be concerned about. There’s one thing to focus on that can’t be taken away – a relationship with Him. When we put Jesus first, we discover we are never truly alone. We know his Grace is sufficient for whatever fears or anxieties we feel. When we focus on His promises during the unknown we can have peace that only He can bring.