Now while they were on their way, it occurred that Jesus entered a certain village, and a woman named Martha received and welcomed Him into her home. And she had a sister named Mary, who seated herself at the Lord’s feet and was listening to His teachings. But Martha [overly occupied and too busy] was distracted with much serving; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, is it nothing to You that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me [to lend a hand and do her part along with me]!” But the Lord replied to her by saying “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; There is need of only one or but a few things. Mary has chosen the good portion [that which is to her advantage], which shall not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:38-42)
For my sake–can we camp here awhile? Why? I would like to share several things God had me unpack based on this Scripture.
God met me at a ladies retreat many years ago and had me take a closer look at this passage. He had a message for me, just like He did for Martha.
It was a busy time in my life with work, church, family, etc. I was too busy and not happy with the way my life was going. (Have you ever experienced this?) I could see other people getting to do things and go places–all the things my heart desired to do and all the places I dreamed of going. Yet, I did not seem to have the time!! I wanted more time in my life and above all I craved a deeper relationship with God.
I was playing the Martha (martyr) roll well. When would it be my turn? Why does everyone else seem to be receiving what I desired?
I, like Martha, took my complaint to God and He answered me much the same way He answered her.
Let me share four points the Lord revealed for me:
- Everyone has the same number of hours in their day. It is up to you and you alone to decide what you do with yours. First, make time for ME and everything else that matters will fall into place. Stop trying to work ME into your schedule.
- Did anyone ask you to do all the things you have filled your time with? If they have, there is a tiny little word “No” you need to include in your vocabulary. Check in with Me. I will assist you in determining if it is in My plan for you–we will only do these things.
- Stay in your own lane and stop comparing your life to other people. Each life is unique and has blessings and hardships that are specialize for their journey. Lessons to be learned and an individualized timing. Learn to be content where you are and what you are doing right now. Be present in every moment.
- Nothing apart from God is perfect. Stop worrying about appearances and what other people think. You are perfectly and wonderfully made.
Digging down into this verse and gaining God’s perspective helped me apply it to my life situation and daily living. What a blessing it has been. I still have my moments when I let things in life creep up and overwhelm me, but the Holy Spirit is there to remind me of the lesson. He reminds me that we have already walked through together and I can now take the short cut–I do not have to walk the long trail around that Martha mountain again. I have to release my control and remember the four tips from Luke 10 God unpacked for me.
My overall takeaway from God’s message:
Seek Him, give my burdens to Him, and regroup with the Lord’s strength.