Take A Cue From Mary
“…But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her”
In Luke Chapter 10, Jesus visited with Mary and Martha in their home. While Martha hurried into the kitchen to try to fix Jesus something to eat, Mary however, with great excitement, sat at the Lord’s feet to hear the Word, enjoying every moment of fellowship with Him. Enraged that her sister wouldn’t come help her in the kitchen, Martha came to the Master and blurted, “…Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to come and help me!” (Luke 10:40 GNB).
Rather than reprimand Mary for not assisting in the chores, Jesus answered“…Martha, Martha! You are worried and troubled over so many things”(Luke 10:41GNB). The phrase “many things”shows that Martha’s frustrations were deep-seated and beyond that very moment. It was as though she had a prolonged inner conflict, which she vented on others, and that particular instance was yet another opportunity for her to do so.
Frustrated people do a lot of crazy and frustrating things. They get angry, bitter and resentful. They usually blame others for their failures or lack of joy. Imagine if the Lord had asked Martha what the problem really was, she probably would have said “Lord, it’s such a long story”; then she’d begin narrating her catalogue of frustrations.
Rather than allow yourself to be overwhelmed and buffeted by the numerous demands and challenges of the day, learn to fix your gaze on the Master! As you fellowship with Him through the Word and the Holy Spirit you’ll experience peace from within you; and you’ll find that in the midst of trouble you’re unperturbed and full of indescribable joy (1 Peter 1:8).
I thank you for loving and caring for me affectionately. I give room for your peace to mount guard over my heart. I reject anxiety, worry and stress, choosing to live in joy and rest today, and every day,
in Jesus’ Name. Amen.