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.” Luke 10:30-42
I am one of four sisters. Growing up, I can tell you from experience, that girls can be hard on each other, always correcting and criticizing. We also can get tangled in envy and jealousy. We can also be tender, supportive and inspiring all at the same time. I love my sisters deeply and miss my sister Pegi every day since she passed away. The best times we have are when we enjoy each other completely and let go of the worries of the day.
Martha wanted to provide the best for her guests and so worried and needed help. Mary just wanted to absorb every good word that Jesus could offer. Her excitement took her to set aside the worries of the day and learn from Jesus. Martha felt such responsibility that she could not shun her worry and care. We can be Martha and Mary at the same time, wanting to absorb the goodness of the day, while fretting and toiling. We can build resentment and envy, even though God is inviting us to let go and trust in the Creator's goodness and provision. We are encouraged today to set aside our anxiety and worry for a time as we sit with God's blessings in our midst. Today is enough and God is more than gracious to provide for today.
Today I ask God to help me be completely like Mary. May we intentionally set worries aside and revel in the love we have been given. May we see God's face in everyone and see the blessing in every moment. May we set down the lists and pick up the hand of those around us. May today be a gift from God for everyone we meet.