The last few weeks have been almost surreal with busyness.
I found myself running… and running fast… sometimes, I admit, even resembling a chicken with it’s head cut off. Okay, so I don’t even really know what a chicken looks like running around with it’s head cut off, but I’m sure it’s very frantic. And hectic. Like my life right now.
But in the middle of planning for trips, prepping for dinner parties and overnight guest, attending meetings, completing homework, finagling with insurance adjustors, and general stressing, I stopped.
I’d been pulling a Martha.
Yes. A Martha. As in, Mary and Martha, the sisters whom Jesus visited in Luke 10:38-41:
“Now it happened, as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”
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.”
Just like Martha I’ve been busy.
And busy with true legitimate work that NEEDS TO BE DONE. Our home will not get a new roof, phone calls won’t get made, the dishes won’t get washed on their own.
They NEED. TO. BE. DONE.
these verses, and the person of Martha, challenged me. Martha’s work needed to be done too. Yet, when she cried out in frustration, Jesus didn’t supply a handful of servants to help with the mopping and food prep. Instead he reminded her of the importance of sitting at his feet.
What a convicting passage for a woman like me!
Have I been worried and troubled about many things, but forgotten the one thing needful? Have I neglected to stop and sit at Jesus’ feet? Have I been ready and willing to receive His word? And to give myself up to His guidance in every area of my life?
Are all these things that consume me, necessary? I mean, who is making who busy? Am I making myself busy on purpose, so that I don’t have time to judge my intentions and motives?
Do I run around like crazy, putting enormous amounts of effort into our home, the children, church ministry, and Army functions, for myself? Or is for the Lord? Do I do it as unto Him?
Am I forgetting to stop and sit at Jesus’ feet?
And so I sit here… and pray and ponder: Have I done the one thing needful? Or have I found myself pulling a Martha?