A meditation on Luke 10:38-42
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” - Luke 10:41-42
Perhaps you've heard this story before. It’s a story that always seems to ring true during the busyness of life. Sometimes, we can imagine ourselves as Martha, caught up in the hustle and bustle of everything that still needs to be done. The never ending lists seem to be piling up; countless texts and emails still need to be replied to; homework and books still need to be read over and finished.
Add it all up and our lives can seem like a constant battle against time.
When things are going well and we feel so close to God, we can identify with Mary. We know exactly what He wants us to do, our prayer life is going great, and our friends are only a phone call away. Our lives are on top of the world.
What could possibly go wrong, right?
I like this story because it reminds us that life never stays in one place. It is constantly moving and always changing. I take comfort in its gentle reminders because it shows me that life is a balance. I need to be prepared to get things done as well as ready to find rest in the One who gives life meaning.
If my relationship with God is going to continue to grow, I need to be both Mary and Martha.
Sometimes, it may be easy for us to say, "shame on Martha for not leaving her sister alone and seeing what was really important." But maybe Martha wasn't wrong. I know that goes against everything that we were taught in Sunday School, but hear me out.
What if God wants us to have the perspective of good vs. better.
Let's reexamine a couple of verses. (vs 41) “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, (vs 42) but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Many things are good, but only a few are better. We can always find something good to do. There will always be a new opportunity to pursue or contact made.
But what if God is calling us to lay all of that down for a season so that we can rest in Him?
I find that when I am rested, I am more focused, less scatterbrained, and less distracted.
Matthew 11:28-30: "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Jesus wants us to know that everything that we need can be found in Him. He is the One who gives us direction, and He is the one who orders our steps.
So maybe in this season, you can more closely identify with Martha, always busy and always on the run. Or maybe you're in a resting season like Mary. Whatever season that you're in, I would like to encourage you: God knows exactly where you are. Remember that life is a balance and that sometimes you will be called to rest, and other times you will be called to do.
In all things, know that God is the One who walks with you and orders your steps. He is your strength and the foundation on which to build.