As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a village where a woman named Martha welcomed them into her home. Her sister, Mary sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was worrying over the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are so upset over all these details! There is really only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it- and I won’t take it away from her.” Luke 10: 38-42
Oh Martha! What a stab in the heart! I feel your pain! I’m sure some of you have felt it too. We get busy busy with “hosting” our guests. I mean, if Jesus and his disciples were my guests I know exactly what I would have done. I would have been cleaning, cooking, planning meals just as Martha did. I do that when any guests will be here over night. But the Messiah at my house?! I wouldn’t stop all night just to make sure He was happy and comfortable. Nothing but the best for My Lord. But in the grand scheme of things we don’t need to prove our love to Him. He knows our heart.
I have this friend. She is one of my best friends. The way met is pretty unconventional, but opened up a whole new life in me. She is the reason we found our awesome church in Memphis. She is the reason I met such wonderful women who, in turn, made a huge impact on me spiritually. We met online. I was selling outgrown toys of the kids on a garage sale website for Memphis. She was doing the same and also giving a box of Maternity clothes away on Freecycle. I needed them badly as I was getting bigger and bigger (with Rudy) and my budget was getting smaller and smaller. After lots of emails we realized our children were about the same age and we were about the same age as well. We decided to meet at Burger King for a playdate. The hours went by and, honestly, we couldn’t get enough of eachother (Mommy conversation is awesome… but GOOD Mommy conversation is priceless). The kids were having a blast so we invited them to our house to continue the playdate. I did this instinctively, but forgot my children wrecked the house in the chaos prior to leaving. As we walked into the house the kids ran off in the backyard and I immediately started picking up toys, clothes.. everything that was on the floor. I still remember her words when she saw me, “What are you doing?! Stop! If you don’t stop I’m going home! Put down the toy, Sara!” Huh?! You mean I don’t have to play perfect host with you? I don’t have to have the perfect house? The perfect well behaved kids? I can just sit and enjoy a conversation with another adult? Amazing! LOL
That’s how we should feel with God. We should feel less distracted and forget about the clean sheets, the laundry, the dishes, the cooking, the go-go-go of being a wife and mother. We should relax, take in a cup of coffee (or tea if you’re Dionne) and worship him without the chaos that clutters our mind. Mary had the right idea.. How do I become like her?
“It isn’t more he require of us.
In fact it may be less.” -Joanna Weaver
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