The Martha Complex

I have felt very distracted lately. Worries about money, sick children, church situations have left me feeling a little disoriented. I’ve been praying that God would help me to regain my focus. And then these familiar verses turned up in my devotional reading:

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 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 10:40-42

I very much desire to choose the “better thing.” The other things that often weigh heavy on my mind are temporary. Money, churches, sickness, those things will all come and go. What distracts me next something will probably be something different from what distracts me today. But Jesus reminded Martha that the things Mary had chosen- sitting at his feet and learning from Him- would not be taken away. Those are the things that will remain.

So, I will seek the Lord today. I will take time to focus and listen to His voice. I will remind myself that my other worries and distractions are temporary. And I will choose the “better thing.”

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