“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
I’ve had some time to rest and reflect over the past few days and it has been much needed. Lots weighing on my mind and several decisions to make about the future. In speaking with a friend of mine and in reading the Scriptures, I stumbled upon Luke 10:41-42 once again. It’s the all-too-familiar story of Mary and Martha that I all-too-often dismiss for the “don’t be too busy” passage.
As I read it this past week and considered it, the Lord reminded me that it’s not a just passage about being busy, being a perfectionist or even how to handle self-righteousness. It struck me that another way to consider this passage is to remember that it is about my choice during times of worry and frustration. When things in my life get cranked up, I have the decision where to place myself based on the circumstances.
I must remember that I need to find and remain in that better place that Mary chose. I also need to remember that the place isn’t synonymous with activity. I don’t make the place, I choose the place…and as long as I stay there, I will hear more clearly the voice of my Lord – and, hopefully, be a blessing and example to other Martha’s around me.