Busy. Busy. Busy.
Isn’t that our typical response when someone asks us how things are? We say something like:
- “Good. I am so busy.”
- “Great, God has me staying busy.”
Or we may break out the ultimate response of:
- “It’s good. Things are just crazy busy.”
Crazy busy, interpretation of – it is so busy I don’t know if I’m coming or going.
We live in a world where if you are not busy, then you are lazy, or you just might be boring. If you’re a Type-A personality like me, well for you not to do anything is just not right. Let me give you an example:
At this moment as I type this my internet is down. Ok, not just the blog site, my entire access to the internet is cut-off. Tomorrow the repair man will be coming with a new box, because apparently there is a problem with the one I have now.
Please understand, I have a book to read for my upcoming book club meeting which is tomorrow. And I have 250 pages left to read. Do you think I would take advantage of this time and read it? Clearly you are reading the answer.
Society screams at multiple decibels – stay busy. Don’t rest. If you stop you will fall behind. And we follow suit by not only keeping ourselves busy, but keeping our kids busy too. They go to school and then after are involved in one to three additional after school activities.
Somewhere along the way we lost our balance. We lost our ability to rest.
“But Martha was distracted by her many tasks, and she came up and asked, “Lord, don’t You care that my sister has left me to serve alone?” Lk. 10:40 HCSB
Martha had lost her ability to rest also. I love her question to Jesus, she says “Lord, don’t you care…” oh how I can relate. Can you? I can’t even count the times I have said that “Lord, don’t you care that, I am in this situation or that, or have no time for this or that”
“Lord, don’t you care…”
Don’t forget to add the exclamation point after the question. Because that is exactly how we say it. I have gotten so caught up in my situation, my list, and my tasks that it has consumed me. Earlier today I am sure I uttered those words when my internet went down – don’t you care.
What we really want when we say that is for him to change our situation. Fix it Lord. Make it all better.
“So tell her to give me a hand.” Lk. 10:40 HCSB
This is one of my favorite stories in the bible. I love Martha. I feel like she and I have been cut by the same mold. Do you ever feel that way? Look at the rest of her response, “so tell her to give me a hand.” I love it. She was a straight Type-A personality, all business, get the job done, don’t waste time or dally.
Martha not only posed the question to Jesus about Him caring about her, she also gave Jesus the solution. Martha was a strategic thinker. She thought through the problem, and found the solution. Corporate America would love her! How many times have you or I done that? Went to Jesus, questioned his concern for us, and then posed the solution. Not a solution. The solution.
Did you notice that? She gave Him in her mind “the solution.” When we pose a solution we resent it with a question, and ask for feedback. This was a straight up statement.
Some of you may be thinking that is blasphemy? How dare she! But look how Jesus responds to her
“Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but one thing is necessary.” Lk. 10:41 HCSB
Can you hear the sympathy and concern in his voice? And, He addresses her to-do list by saying “many things.” I am a list maker, and anyone that knows me will tell you – yes she is. As a matter of fact, I have my list right next to my lap top. For today’s agenda “many things” remain unchecked off. Martha, I can relate to you. Can you? Don’t you just feel some of Martha’s anguish?
She was probably thinking, “Lord, you see me running around here like a chicken with its head cut off, and my list isn’t even half done. I’m exhausted, haven’t been able to sit down, and I go to you for some help, along with the solution, and that’s how you respond?!”
Oh Martha, girl, I’m right there with you. Are you? The days we are so overwhelmed, and the list is endless, as we race against the clock.
But instead of scolding her, belittling her, or her list, Jesus points out that her sister Mary by sitting, and resting at his feet has chosen the better way. Let me clarify Mary is not lazy. She is spending time with Jesus. Listening to him. Taking in His every word.
“but one thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her.” Lk. 10:42 HCSB
So for now I will leave you with this. When we get consumed with our lists, chores, duties, that we become overwhelmed. Go to Jesus. Not with the solution, he already holds that. But to soak in His presence, and word. I will echo the words of the Apostle Paul:
“Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:6-7 HCSB
With that I close, and will spend time resting at His feet. Will you?
©Gentle Whisper Ministries 2016
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