Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Doing a Martha

I used to see a particular friend on a regular basis. We’d go out to dinner at the local café and she’d come back to my place for a coffee and we’d chat some more.

On one occasion I was running late. I had enough time to either spend quiet time with my Lord, or clean up the house. I decided to clean up the house in case my friend came over after dinner.

Something inside me said this was wrong. I needed time with my Lord more than I needed a tidy house. And, to prove the point, it turned out that my friend couldn’t stay so she didn’t come back for coffee.

The Lord had tapped me on the shoulder and reminded me again how important it is to spend time with Him. He should never be our second priority.

Have you ever had one of those moments? Every time I think of mine, I think of Martha. She was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made by Jesus’ visit, but her sister, Mary, sat at His feet and listened to what he had to say.

"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." Luke 10:41-42 (NIV)

15 comments:

Mari said...

Truly a hard choice when you are in the thick of it.

Andrea said...

Looks and sounds a bit like I have felt, lately.
Great post!
Hugs,
andrea

Rita said...

Oh my, you stepped on my toes today! How many times have we all put other things first rather than Him? Great reminder. Thanks.

Chin chin said...

I really need to learn more to be like Mary. Thanks for reminding me, sis.

RCUBEs said...

Ahhh...the things of this world that always compete with His. I go through those episodes, too when I need to be still and truly listen to His voice. Thanks for the reminder. God bless.

Lynda Young said...

This is something I need the Lord to remind me of on a regular basis. Everyday living is so distracting.

Thanks for your comments

P.S. I'm surprised no one has commented on the photo ;)

Maggie S said...

Hmm He is whispering to me even now that I will remember this post in the days and weeks to come as we move forward in our adoption.

Faith Imagined said...

Such great insights and I love that picture!!!

Stuff could always be worse said...

Oh yes, I am a Martha, too many times.
kim

Lynda Young said...

Maggie, thanks for coming to visit and leaving a comment. Many prayers for your up coming adoption.

Karen said...

I am drawn to Mary's heart, but Martha calls my name nearly every day...praying for balance....

Lynda Young said...

balance is important

Jackie said...

Forever a struggle....Mary or Martha....Mary or Martha! My heart cries out to become more like Mary, but Martha's "stuff" of daily life cries out as well!

Daily seeking Him to help me lay down my Martha and be transformed to become more like Mary!! Glory to His Name!!

Thanks for this post....what a great reminder!!

Sweet Blessings!
Jackie
PS...The photo cracked me up!!

Christy said...

I know I liked the photo too. I was thinking if you wanted to be with Jesus you could go over and help this person out by cleaning this mess up. But then I though Ok it's probably not one of her neighbor's, huh?

Good work,
Christy

Lynda Young said...

re the photo: In my group of friends I was the only one who didn't live with my parents at the time so everyone came over to my place for Christmas...and we made a mess of the place with joyous abandon. I think one year I had 5 large garbage bags of mess rounded up.