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Learning to have a Mary heart in a Martha world

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Posted: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 11:00 pm | Updated: 4:22 pm, Mon Oct 29, 2012.

As I sit here writing this month’s column, my mind keeps wandering.  There are so many things I have to get done today.  Laundry, driving kids to various places, making dinner for a bunch of people coming over tonight,  figuring out who will watch the dog while we are gone on a trip next week, school work with the kids, wondering when I will have time to finish answering questions for a Bible study I am doing with a friend... 

It is no coincidence that the Bible study she and I are doing is about learning to have a Mary heart in a Martha world.  Mary and Martha were sisters who were friends with Jesus.  Once when He came to visit, Martha was bustling around with preparations while Mary sat at the Lord’s feet.

Luke 10:38-42 “As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.  She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.  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.’”

I am almost laughing as I write this now.  For the past few weeks, I have thought I was a lot more like Mary, but today clearly Martha is at the forefront.  My to-do list is enormous and time is running out to get things accomplished.

Sometimes when I get super-busy, I fall into that old trap of relying on myself instead of the Lord.  It is times like this when I have to check my attitude to see if it reflects more of what I think I am capable of doing than what God is so able to do if I surrender my day and schedule to Him.  Martin Luther is quoted as once having said, “I have so much to do tomorrow that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.” 

I love Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God.”  A few months ago, a friend sent me a different translation. “Cease striving and know that I am God.”  That one hit me between the eyes and I need a reminder of it today.

Jesus’ own words from John 15:5 say, “...apart from Me you can do nothing.”  So off I go to sit at the Lord’s feet for a while and listen to what He has to say to me.

It is pointless to continue on any other way.  Reading His word and hearing reminders of what is most important are just what I need.  Will I take the time to do that right now?  I have to.


Lisa Jisa and her family have been residents of Ahwatukee Foothills since 2000. She can be reached at lisa.jisa@gmail.com.

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