Psalm 46:10 (NKJV)
10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
That’s not right, is it? Isn’t it supposed to be “Don’t just stand there, do something!”? Our society teaches us to be active and aggressive in seeking our goals. We make lists and check things off as they are done. In fact, our dental team pushes ahead to see all the students and alumni during four full working days we have in La Entrada. There is urgency in our work. If we don’t finish, will these kids get the care they need before our next yearly visit. The North American culture teaches us to push for more. Is that always best? Is it what God wants? Isn’t it all about relationships?
During his earthly ministry, Jesus came to the home of Lazarus, Martha and Mary. Martha was very concerned about showing proper hospitality to Jesus and all those who came to see him. She opened her home to Jesus. It does not tell us how many were there but Mary was concerned that all would go well. Would there be enough food? Wine? Is the house clean enough? Jean always says that. Is the house clean enough? Aren’t the guests there for a different reason than the cleanliness of your house? In fact, aren’t they there to see and hear Jesus?
Martha comes to Jesus to complain that Mary is not helping. She wants Jesus to tell Mary to get up and help her! In Luke 10, He says 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” So Jesus says no to asking Mary to help with the preparations! Huh! Doesn’t Jesus think Martha’s work is important? What has Mary chosen?
Mary has chosen to sit at Jesus feet and learn from Him. Mary has chosen a relationship with the Christ. Mary recognized who Jesus was and is and she wants a relationship with Him. What about Martha? Wasn’t hospitality important in that culture as well as ours? Sure! But what is most important? Mary chose the relationship. Shouldn’t you? In this time when we tend to focus on the task at hand, ask the Holy Spirit to remind you about the person in front of you. They are not only a patient, they are a child of God as are you. God designed us to be in relationship. Let us sit at the Lord’s feet and learn from him. He will not always be available. “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” Yes, Jesus cares! But His plan is different than yours. He wants you to love one another and get to know each other better. Open your eyes to Jesus plan for your life! He knows best!
Father, thank You for leading us places You would have us go. Your plans are always best. Give us patience to let You work all things for our good. Help us rest in your peace and enjoy the journey. In Jesus name I pray!