“How have you been?” Busy. “How was your week?” Busy. “Do you have plans for next week?” Yes, I’m busy.
Busy, busy, busy.
Rush, rush, rush. Go. Go. Go.
That’s the world we live in right now.
Especially in this season.
It seems we’re always doing something, but never have enough time to do what is needed. Can you identify with me here?
We rush from one place to another.
Our days are filled to the brim with endless activities: Run errands. Pay bills. Buy groceries. Help kids with homework. Clean the house. Fold laundry. Make dinner. Clean kitchen. Prepare for bed. Do this and that, over and over, it seems we never have enough time to do what is needed, even though we never seem to stop.
Yes, the pandemic made the world slow down just a little bit, but everyone was just itching to get “busy” again.
And that showed 2 things:
- 1. As humans, we don’t like to be still.
- 2. We have the mindset–“If I’m still, I’m wasting time.”
We’ve bought into the lie that busyness = importance & productivity.
But that’s simply not the case-at least according to God and His Word.
In the familiar story of Martha & Mary, as Martha is spinning her wheels trying to get everything done for the gathering at her house (which included Jesus!), she seems like finally meet her wits end.
Luke records for us the scene in chapter 10, verses 38-42.
Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. She had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word.
But Martha was just distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve all 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 that good part, which will not be taken away from her.
We are told that Martha was worried, troubled, felt alone, was frustrated with her sister for not helping her and even accused Jesus of not caring.
All these were a result of (as Luke and Jesus point out) her being distracted from the one thing that is necessary-being at Jesus’ feet. Spending time with Him. Enjoying His presence and casting her cares upon Him.
Martha thought the solution to her problems was in Mary getting up to help her with the chores, but Jesus was clear that the answer would be found, not in Mary joining her, but in Martha choosing to stop & join Mary at His feet.
The same is true for us.
If we, as women, want to truly help our families, we are going to have to stop being so busy.
I wonder how many times Jesus has said, “Lauri, Lauri, you’re worried and troubled about many things. But only ONE thing is necessary. Choose the good part, which will never be taken away from you.” but I’ve been too busy and distracted to listen.
Be still and know that I am God, I will be exalted among the nations.Psalm 46:10
We must learn to be still–on purpose.
We must become women of prayer.
So Lord willing, throughout this coming year (beginning this week) I will be posting devotionals, tips, and stories of women from the Bible to encourage us to “pray without ceasing”! (1 Thess. 5:17)
I’m excited because my mother-in-law, who is known as a true prayer warrior, has written a book of short devotionals on prayer for the ladies of her church. I will be translating them from Spanish and posting them throughout the coming year.
“What is Prayer?” is the first devotional that we will look at this coming Saturday. So be sure to subscribe below so you don’t miss out!
Have you had some “Martha moments” recently? I know I have. I encourage you to stop, be still on purpose and remember that He is the victorious God!
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