We’re busy folks, aren’t we? I remember my mom telling me after I was married, “You guys need to have some kids to slow you down.” She was half joking of course. There’s always something calling for attention. After children come, there are different things that call for your attention, but it doesn’t become less busy! I find myself constantly evaluating my time management and my priorities.
Lately I’ve been thinking about the example of Mary and Martha in Luke 10. Both ladies had a heart for the Lord, there’s no doubt about that. Of course, we’ve often heard of Martha’s lack of spirituality because she failed to sit at Jesus’ feet. The thought occurred to me that Martha probably thought that she WAS being spiritual by physically serving the Lord. Let’s give her that benefit of a doubt. In fact, she perceived that her sister was wrong for not helping.
More often than not, I find myself in Martha’s situation. Serving physically and exerting myself toward the needs of others that I forget how to BE STILL. I forget that God has so much he wants us to hear but our noisome lives drown out any truth He has to share with us. Perhaps Martha thought she could hear Jesus just fine as she scurried about preparing the meal. Maybe she thought she would catch a snippet here and there of what He had to say and that would be enough. But it wasn’t enough!
Jesus praised Mary for her CHOICE of taking time at his feet. In Vs. 42 Jesus says, “But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
To put it simply, it is not enough for us to fill our days with “good things” and yet not take time to sit at Jesus’ feet and seek to hear and meditate on His Words. A five minute session here and a quick read there are not sufficient to soak up God’s Word in the way He intended. But you see, it was Mary’s CHOICE. Every day we must make the choice for ourselves.
Make the choice to be still today!