The M and M World! Sounds like a candy title to me!!
Mary and Martha actually….
I have never been much into housekeeping. I did it because I had to do it. I got no joy out of washing dishes, making beds, folding clothes, dusting….I know, I know…some moms take the time to pray during this time or get up at 4 a.m. to accomplish these chores. Nope, not me. I felt the need to “educate” my sons in these areas, so I would wait. I am pretty sure I had a dust cloth in the eldest hand by the time he was 4! Or was that 3?
I did have a friend that was just the opposite of me. She always was buzzing around her house getting things done. She was super organized, enjoyed housework and I would never catch her sitting down. She believed that no time should have ever been “wasted”, and activity was too important to ever relax. Seriously, she wore me out.
But which one can you relate to? Which Mom are you? Are you constantly up doing something? Do you have a hard time just sitting and being still? Or is your life pretty balanced?
In Luke 10:40-41 Mary and Martha were dealing with very much the same issue. “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 replied, ‘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.'”
Sibling rivalry at its best! And you are probably thinking…”Well if Jesus were visiting, of course I would sit and visit!” But do we now? That is a battle that we all face at one time or another. Can we take time out of our busy schedules to sit at the feet of Jesus? Do we have to learn to “Practice His Presence”? Do we have to learn to be still? I confess, I do. In an age that is very goal oriented, we are all encouraged to be busy.
Jesus knew the importance of spending time with him. Notice he did not tell Mary that what she was doing was wrong (there goes that Biblical excuse about not cleaning), it had to be done. But he did tell her not to be upset. Don’t get entangled in the things that can wait, those things that take you away from the foot of the Savior.
So our challenge is this…can we sit and be quiet and listen when we feel the “nudge” to do so? Or do we put it off so we can finish up the vacuuming? I have done that many times in my life…I have put the pressure on myself and I will miss that gentle “nudging” only to forget about it all together!
I grow older, I would much rather be at HIS feet….and besides, my hubby has always preferred to do the housekeeping his way…so now I just let him… while I eat a few M&Ms!
Blessings dear ones~
IN CHRIST ALONE