I am overwhelmed. Too much to do, too many relationships, and too little time. Did Martha feel like this when Jesus told her that Mary had chosen the better part? “Martha was distracted with much serving.” Hmmmmm. Mary sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word.
I always look at the passage in Luke 10:38-42 with a bit of superiority (translated that would be pride which when put in blatant terms would be sin). After all, I am at Jesus’ feet every morning, it’s just that I can’t stay there forever, I have work to do, right?
I come to Jesus like Martha with my list of grievances, and very well documented they are I might add. The calendar pages move forward. Schedules change. Seasons of busyness come and go, seasons of tensions fire up and hose down. There is always serving to do.
And then I am reminded, “But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away.” The eternal trumps once again.
I want to be a Marthy. I can’t just ignore the work that must be done, yet I don’t want to be distracted from Jesus by my service to Him. I want to work like Martha and love like Mary at the same time.
Today I need to rest my heart at Jesus’ feet and remind my Marthy self that He is very good with details.