I am sick and didn’t feel like I had the strength to type today, but my Bible reading this morning included the story of Martha and Mary. Just a few moments ago, I picked up a devotional book and found the exact same scripture, so I thought I would share. During this busy time of year, what better story to remind us of what is important than that of Martha and Mary.
This devotion comes from Wisdom for Women, by Carol L. Fitzpatrick:
A woman named Martha welcomed Him [Jesus] into her home. And she had a sister called Mary, who moreover was listening to the Lord’s word, seated at His feet. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him, and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving along? Then tell her to help me. Luke 10:38-40
Martha, ever the perfect hostess, was left to do all the work. It didn’t seem fair. However, what Martha really desired was a release from her compulsive neatness. And that’s when the Lord presented her with a process for “chilling out.”
“‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only a few things are necessary, really only one, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.'” Luke 10:41-42.
In other words, all the busyness which now preoccupied Martha didn’t really matter. Jesus was here and she was passing up a tremendous opportunity to learn from Him.
After all, who knew better than Christ how to put the pressure of life into perspective? He had only 3 years in which to establish His ministry, train up His disciples, and present the Gospel. Yet we see no record of Him hurrying others or running at a frantic pace.
Have you taken time to get to know your Lord? Perhaps your life, like Martha’s is missing the best part.
Prayer: Lord, I pray for peace today from my busy schedule so I may learn at Your knee.
Well, said, Ms. Fitzpatrick.
I am praying for each of us during this busy time of year, that we will not allow the busyness to preoccupy us from learning at the feet of Our Savior.
Wisdom for Women by Carol L. Fitzpatrick, 2003 by Barbour Publishing, Inc.