Finding My Mary in a Martha World

I find myself in a whirlwind. I am either so busy with life that my study time, my alone time with God goes to the wayside. Or I find myself not wanting to do life because all I want to do is sit at the feet of Christ and just rest, just be with Him. As I ponder this, my mind is taken back to the account of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-41:

“Now  it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister named Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me,” And Jesus answered and said to her, ” Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen the good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

I find myself going from a Mary to a Martha, or from a Martha to a Mary in only a matter of seconds. Where, O, where is the balance? As I look at this passage that was written for our teaching, and observe the contrast between the two women, I can see that the balance is found in both. There is an appointed time for everything, And there is a time for every event under heaven. I think the key to this passage is that Martha was not resting in the work God was doing in her. She was working in her own strength, she was worried and concerned about many things. But Mary was resting in Christ. I do not believe Mary just sat at the feet Christ “literally” every day all day long. I believe she did the work that was granted for her to do, but with the attitude of resting in Him in all her tasks. She was at His feet in her heart.

God has called me as His child to rest in Him, to seek His face, to pray to Him in all matters of life. To study to show myself approved a worker who need not be ashamed accurately handling the word of truth. I am called by God to be a wife, mother, friend, church member, Bible Study teacher and writer… shall I go on? But God has told me in His word that He would, “equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forevermore. Amen.” Hebrews 13:21.

My prayer is that the “Martha” in me finds the rest Mary found in Christ, either sitting at His feet resting in Him or going about my everyday life resting in Him, in my heart!


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