I am one of those people who have lists upon lists of to-do lists and if dinner plans change a part of me stresses out.
I’ve begun to realize how focused I am on planning, so much so that if something doesn’t go as expected it literally can ruin my day. For instance, when you’re on 288 and a rock hits your windshield and now here comes an added expense not budgeted for. Great! In that moment I got upset but realizing it was out of my control and there was no going back, I had to let it go.
38 As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. 40 But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”
41 But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! 42 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”
I was recently asked the question, are you more of a Mary or a Martha? Given what I’ve already said about myself you would guess Martha and you would be correct! Being so focused on every single aspect of something I’m doing has made me miss out on the why.
In this passage Martha was distracted by the dinner and I can imagine all the preparation involved in it. She is doing it all and gets so stressed out she calls out her sister who is simply resting at the feet of Jesus. Think about that, she missed the opportunity of sitting in His presence because she was so caught up in planning. The “why” was gone and she was focused on everything her sister wasn’t doing and all she needed to get done.
Don’t be so caught up on the details of what can, could or has occurred that you miss being in His presence. It is in His presence that we find fullness of joy. Psalms 16:11.
I’ve been guilty of not resting in Him which trickles into everything in my life. I then begin to lose my joy and I’m in a state of unrest. I am unable to rest because I haven’t been in His presence which brings me peace.
I love how Jesus tells Martha that what Mary has discovered will not be taken away from her and that is what she should be concerned about. It’s not about what others are doing in comparison to your current state but what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. Often when you’re frustrated, God is teaching you something in the moment.
This past Sunday, Pastor Brandon said that maybe the key to your breakthrough lies in your rest and maybe you haven’t reached your breakthrough because you are too busy working. That was an eye opener to me and really made it apparent to me how much I wasn’t resting.
Be encouraged that when we lay it at His feet, even if we aren’t working, He still is. Let God be God and rest knowing He’s got you.