So in the past 36 hours, I have driven to and from Lakeland, Florida. Sit in 9 hours of meetings. Taken my daughter to the dentist to have a tooth pulled. My allergies are at an all-time high. The church project which has occupied my every moment for the last two months is almost done. Easter is coming. I have to teach tonight. A sermon to write. Stair molding to find, because the supplier has lost it - again. The list goes on and on.
So where is the light at the end of the tunnel?
Luke 10:38-42 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
Why am I so busy? You might ask yourself the same question.
Busyness, as it turns out, is something we choose to do. There is something called, Parkinson's law. It is the adage that "work expands to fill the time available for its completion." So, if you have a two-hour project ahead of you, but you give yourself the whole day to do it - it will take all day.
Mary and Martha were the sisters of Lazarus. You know, the guy who died but Jesus brought back to life? They were precious to Jesus, and He loved them very much. Martha had welcome Jesus into their home. But as Martha was taking care of everyone, her sister Mary was listening to Jesus teach. This ticked Martha off, and she complained to Jesus. But He mildly rebuked her by pointing out that Mary had chosen the right thing to do.
Now here is the truth. Both were busy, but the sisters were doing something very different. Martha was looking for help to find her light at the end of her tunnel (getting the job done). Mary was looking into the light (Jesus).
What are you doing today? Are you so busy that you can't see Jesus, even though He is right there with you? Or are you listening to Him right now as He teaches you?
PRAY? Dear Jesus, Help me to look at your instead of my problems today. AMEN