As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.  She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.  But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things,  but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
This past Sunday a lady at my church sang a song in honor of Mother’s Day about asking God to make us more like Mary and less like Martha. I thought about that song and the scripture that it came from and I thought about myself a little. Well, a lot.
The first time I read this scripture I thought, why doesn’t Jesus just get Mary to help Martha then they can work together and finish everything quickly then they both can sit down and listen to Jesus? That way Mary can contribute but Martha also gets spiritually fed without having the distraction of all the things that need to be done. I think I still hold to this a little bit.
I want to be like Mary. I really do. I think a lot of us who are serious about wanting to have some quiet time every day with God and yet crave a clean house have the same issues. How do you balance everyday mundane tasks that have to be done yet find time to sit at the feet of God and listen to His teaching? How do you get your head to stop wandering away while your butt is planted at Jesus’ feet?
I’m still struggling with this one. I complain about how much there is to be done instead of praying to God to help me with my attitude and trusting that He will help me. Yes, I do believe the God of all creation is concerned with me and my puny little need to wipe toothpaste off the mirror. Not necessarily because the mirror is dirty but because my concern is on the dirt instead of the one who can make me clean.