Busyness…. It consumes every part of my day. My planner is a checklist: what to do, where to be, each moment perfectly scheduled. When I accomplish one task, I immediately move on to the next. I constantly check the clock, making sure I’m on time and readily completing my tasks for the day.
Between balancing schoolwork, my job, social events, church, small group, and sleeping at some point, I neglect to spend time with Jesus. I spend a lot of time thinking about God, but not actually being with Him. Too, too many days, I am a Martha at every moment, never stopping to be a Mary.
“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 all the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’ ‘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 10:38-42 NIV
Like Martha, I run around, preparing things for the Lord, but never sitting with Him. I do the things I believe the Lord expects of me… going to church and small groups, mentoring, trying my best at school, showing a good work ethic at my job… but I never stop to just be still, sit at His feet, and listen to His voice.
I am worried and upset about many things, distracted by all that I have to accomplish, and frustrated, constantly frustrated. I feel alone and unfulfilled, spent and uncharged. What I fail to realize is that the time I spend for Jesus will never be fulfilling until I spend time in His presence.
Only one thing is needed. Take a moment away from the distractions, the preparations, the worries, the busyness, and be with Him. While all our earthly duties are futile, and will be forgotten, our time with Jesus will not be taken away. It is all that we will carry with us when we go to our eternal forevers, and it is truly better. It is better than our kingdom work, it is better than our mundane moments, it is better than our distractions, and it is better than all of our busyness.
May we take time out of each day to be Mary. May we choose what will not be taken. May we choose what is better.
Held by His love and grace,