Do you remember listening to the story of Mary and Martha in Bible school? Some of you may, but some of you may not have even attended Bible school. So, brace yourselves, former Bible school students, for a blast from the past.
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 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!’
‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’
Each of us has a tendency to be either Mary or Martha. The Martha’s of this world tend to work, work, work, always throwing themselves at the chance to help someone, do good deeds. This can sometimes result in anxiety as they pour themselves out constantly for the sake of other people.
The Mary’s of this world listen, humbling themselves at other people’s feet, but not exhausting themselves by the to-do’s of their daily life.
Who are you?
Me, I tend to exhaust myself. I have gotten better, but there are some days that I am so exhausted and my cup is so empty that I snip and snark at anyone who even looks at me. We are not made to be completely Martha, nor completely Mary, there is a balance. However, in this society, there are so many Martha’s becoming angry and tired over the fact that they’re doing more “heavenly” work than Mary that I would like to advise you: Keep Calm, and Be Mary.
It is better to relax at the feet of Jesus. It is better to just listen to the Lord instead of running around trying to do all His work. It is better to not be doing something all of the time. It is better to choose Mary, according to the Lord. Rest, my sweet sisters in Christ, and know that the Lord, your Heavenly Father wants you to rest at His feet and to listen to what He has to say. Stop worrying about your to-do list and just be still. His feet are a wonderful and breathtaking place, and all you have to do is keep calm.
I have to remind myself everyday to be still. Trust me, it isn’t easy. I don’t like being still. However, it is not impossible. Start by taking five minutes, sit or lay on your bed and whisper, “I’m here, Lord”. Sometimes you may feel His overwhelming presence, sometimes you may not, but the point is that you are taking time at His feet and not running through your tasks without pausing to speak to Him. Extend your time once a week, and eventually you will find yourself becoming a Mary.
-JesseRuth Parrish // @parrish.jesseruth