"And Jesus answered and said unto her, "Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her" Luke 10:41-42
This morning as I was scurrying around preparing for the day, I sat down to read a new book "A Woman After God's Own Heart". Of course, I didn't get far before the Lord stopped me. I read "Chapter 1: A Heart Devoted to God"...then Luke 10:42.
So often I am Martha. In my scurrying I find that I am careful, or anxious, and troubled. If I wasn't, there would be no need of the hastiness. There is NOTHING innately wrong with what Martha is doing. She is preparing for her guests, cleaning and cooking. Where she is out of order is that she doesn't recognize her need to sit at Jesus feet, to be filled up and equipped.
I, too, need to come sit with Jesus first, then all the peripheral business I need to accomplish seems to fall into place, without much effort. My thoughts, my actions...sometimes even those around me are affected by the time I spend with Jesus. When I take the time to come into the presence of my Savior, I am equipped to handle what life throws at me...attitudes, messes, schedules, dishes, laundry, emotions...the list goes on! When I forsake that precious time with the Lord, well...I become anxious and troubled, trying to go it alone in the flesh. That then leads to weariness and resentment.
I am thankful this morning for the reminder. I pray that I will need the reminding less and less.