At the home of Mary and Martha
38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[a] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Who do you relate more to, Mary or Martha? There are times when I shine like a Mary; but my fall back is Martha. I strive to be like Mary; but how do I function in the role of wife, mother, caretaker, nurturer and not be a Martha?
First off, I feel like Martha gets a bad rap sometimes. Martha wasn’t bad. Being hospitable and creating an inviting home, with food to eat so others feel welcomed is really good. But Mary chose the better of the two good things. The Best Yes in this scenario was to sit at Jesus’ feet.
So many times the choices we have to make aren’t between “the wonderful and the horrible”. It’s between “the great and “the awesome”, the “needed and the necessary”. Many times our Best Yes, isn’t so black and white.
Notice, though, that Jesus described Martha as distracted, upset and worried.
It wasn’t so much what she was doing as how she was doing it. It’s okay to be the worker bee, to be the list maker and goal achiever. It’s okay to have a busy life; but are we distracted, upset and worried while we go about our lives? Are those things so loud and important that they drown out the voice of Jesus? His leading, His nudging, His calling us?
Getting the house ready for guests….. important. Listening to Jesus undistracted……….more important.