I keep thinking if I just work a little harder, I will get
caught up and be ready to go where God calls.
Sound familiar? I’m a lot like Martha. Worrying, preparing, and missing the fact that Jesus is sitting right in front of me.
Sometimes I even get resentful towards the Marys who are already sitting in His presence while I rush around checking off my list. People are pretty hard on Martha because they see her as a resentful worrier. Perhaps, like me, Martha was just trying to get here responsibilities taken care of so she could give her full attention to Jesus.
Perhaps we are hard on Martha, because we deep down
we know we are more like her than we want to admit.
Have you ever thought sitting at Jesus’ feet is something we will do when our debt is paid down, our kids are grown, the house is clean, work slows down, or we finish some big project? Sometime in the future when all of those things are taken care of, He will get our full attention. But notice what He told Martha.
“But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Luke 10:41-42 NLT
Martha was overwhelmed with guilt and expectations about what she was supposed to do to be a good host.
When she came to Jesus frazzled he didn’t tell her she was failing. He didn’t discount the fact that there were many other things she was called to do. He just pointed out pursuing Him was the only thing worth that much energy. He wanted her to know the call to sit at His feet and listen was at the highest priority.
I think in her heart Martha knew it.
That’s why she was feeling conflicted and resenting Mary’s ability to sit and listen.
But it’s sooooo easy to get caught up in the day to day and forget to go where God is calling.
Are you struggling with your obligations? Perhaps you are so overwhelmed and exhausted that you can’t sit and listen. Jesus is calling you to His feet to listen and rest. Today you can carve out time and make it happen. Don’t wait until your list is complete. Don’t meet everyone else’s need first.
Today where will you carve out 15 minutes to sit at His feet and listen?
Angela is a wife, mother of five, blogger and the founder of Broken, Beautiful, Bold. She is passionate about sharing her nontraditional faith journey through speaking, blogging, and facilitating small groups. Angela has been a nurse for nearly 15 years and holds a Bachelors of Biblical Studies from Indiana Wesleyan. Her short story “The Turkey Trail” was recently published in the short story collection “Naturally Yours: Stories About Indiana’s State Parks and Reservoirs” She also enjoys cooking, gardening, and exploring the outdoors with her family. Angela is available to speak to groups of any size about Broken Beautiful BOLD or her personal journey.
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