Discovering It

Wendy Pope

Day: 15 | Plan: Luke

Today’s Reading: Luke 10

Luke 10:41-42 (NIV) ‘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.’”

Have you ever anticipated the presence of Jesus so much that you almost missed Him? This is exactly what happened to Martha, homemaker extraordinaire.

In preparation for Jesus’ visit, I imagine she dresses in her finest, yet covers it with a weathered apron to protect her clothing from the flour and oil. Her hair becomes tousled as she makes sure everything else is neatly in its place. She isn’t quite finished when Jesus arrives. Pacing back and forth, stirring her ingredients, Martha notices her sister Mary sitting at Jesus’ feet doing nothing …

We’ve probably all been there. People are coming over. We rush around at the last minute to finalize our prep work, then notice others doing nothing to help. Let’s be honest. When this happens we aren’t thinking, “May I get you a cup of tea?”

Martha wanted Jesus to chastise and rebuke Mary for not helping her. She expected Jesus to shame Mary into helping with the meal. Jesus didn’t take the bait. Instead, Martha was the one Jesus spoke to. Jesus responded, “Mary has chosen what is better” (Luke 10:42b).

Mary had discovered it; intimacy requires being still. However, it’s easy to become so consumed with serving God that we lose sight of the One we are serving. When all the prep work is complete and everything is in place, we can look up and realize we missed the Guest of honor.

I don’t want all the list-makers upset with me; having order is important. (God spoke the world into order in an organized and planned manner.) We just have to guard against becoming too busy to be still. We don’t want to miss Jesus. 

Prayer: Dear Father, my heart grieves at the times I’ve been so busy serving You that I’ve missed the simple joy of Your presence. Teach me how to serve well and discover the discipline of Martha while not neglecting sitting still at Your feet. I never want to miss You again. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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