“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered. “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed.” Luke 10:41-42a
So many sermons have been written about Mary at the feet of Jesus while her sister Martha was busy making all the preparations. Most speak of the balance between service to God and time to be with Him, in prayer and the Word.
It is also about attitude. Martha was not getting anything done because her anxiety about all she had to do was zapping all her energy. She was in a huff. I can relate to that, can’t you? There are just not enough hours in the day. Pressures can build up and suddenly the tasks seem monstrous.
But that is the key. They just seem monstrous. Once we let our emotions take control, the negative thoughts take rein. Jesus is saying, there is a better way – Him.
When we focus on Jesus and His Word, our whole attitude changes. He is the one thing that is needed in order for us to accomplish what needs to get done. On the days I do not start out with prayer and reading the Bible, my day gets all lopsided. Few things go as planned and I get tripped up with stress and frustration. Then I ask, why in the world did I not sit at His feet first?
Dearest Lord, forgive me for not sandwiching every day with You- for not starting and ending my day in Your presence. You gave all so I could have access to you. You are all I need. When worries and stress begin to creep in, help me to take time out to sit at Your feet and receive Your peace. Only then, will my day go right. I pray this through Your mercy. Amen.
“Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.” Psalm 116:7