I continue to have conversation after conversation with people in all areas of my life who are struggling to carve out time and space for quiet. If I’m being honest, I fall into this category as well. I was sharing with a small group this past Sunday that distraction will follow us everywhere; it will take hold of our lives if we let it.
The story of Martha comes to mind. You know, the one where Jesus is traveling through a village and Martha welcomes Him into her home.
“Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, ‘Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.’ But the Lord said to her, ‘My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.’” (Luke 10:38–40 MSG)
I love what my study Bible notes prompt in this as well.
Mary and Martha both loved Jesus. They were both serving Him, but Martha thought her way was better. Are you doing so many busy things for Jesus that you’re ultimately not spending time with Him? Don’t let your service become self-serving. Jesus did not blame Martha for being concerned about household chores. He was only asking her to set priorities. Service to Christ can degenerate into mere busywork that is totally devoid of devotion to God.
Truthfully, I sometimes think my ways are better. I may not be screaming it from the rooftops, but I like to be in control of all the things. Where and how am I carving out space to listen for God’s voice? How am I lessening my grip on the things I hold so tightly? Will I obey, or will I go at it alone?
Like Martha, am I overly concerned with the details? Do they keep me from seeing the whole picture?
The big picture for me this week was something Dave shared in the video we saw. Everything we have is from God, and it’s just a matter of when He asks or calls for it back. I don’t know about you, but I want to be like Mary and sit at the Lord’s feet. I can just picture Jesus saying, “Meghan, Meghan.” I do believe this is a practice that takes practice, and I want to listen, surrender, and obey in all the ways He calls me to.