I Am....(Often) Martha
"And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
Luke 10:41-42 NKJV
Busyness. Whether you work a 9-5 or your're in school or perhaps both, busyness is a way of life for so many. It's especially true for me. As much as I try to prioritize and do what I think needs to be completed, I often frustrate myself because I'm just too busy.
In the scripture above, we see Martha busy. She's busy preparing her home for Jesus. Think about it: Jesus is coming to your home for dinner. My heart says I would fall at his feet, but my head says make everything nice and welcoming for Him. Cook the best dishes. Pull out the finest China. Make it beautiful. But, isn't it just like Jesus to say we are "worried and troubled about many things?"
We worry so much, we do his job for Him. If there is one thing I've learned in the busyness of life, when I'm bogged down with worry, it's that God is good at being God. He's good at taking care of us and taking on our burdens. We simply don't need to do that. We aren't called to. Yes, life is hard and requires so much. But, the hope we have in Jesus is that he takes on those things if we let him. Matthew 11:30 says "For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
One of my favorite hymns is "What A Friend We Have In Jesus." The song says
"O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry,
Everything to God in prayer."
When I find myself getting too consumed by my To-do list or a reminder in my phone, I sing those few lines. It reminds me that I don't have to do anything on my own. The tasks will still be there. That doesn't mean to forgo your duties, but never be too busy to spend time in the Father's presence.
Here are few simple things to do:
1. Be intentional about spending time with God.
- Make a date with him every day. Set a time and be there. He will show up.
2. Worship where you are.
- Sing and play worship songs in your home, car, office and even in your heart. You may not be able to sing aloud, but keep a song in your heart.
3. Step away.
- Sometimes we simply have to say 'NO' to taking on more responsibility. Delegate tasks, if you can.
While we admire Martha's ambition and focus, sometimes we have to take a moment to embrace our Mary spirit and simply sit at Jesus' feet.