Distractions. To-do lists. Comparisons. Hungry children. Squabbles. Self-imposed doubts. Self-imposed standards. Interruptions. Unmet expectations. A child trying a new instrument. Deadlines.
And yet all I can think about (besides the above list of everyday distractions) is Martha. Not Jesus, exactly, but Martha. (Sorry, Lord, I know this week should be about You and Your Passion. Forgive me for my distraction.)
Martha, dear Martha, so busy with serving. Martha, rebuked by Jesus in the past (Luke 10:38-41) for worrying about too many things. Martha, the woman I might silently shame today if I’d been there. This woman is still serving Jesus while her sister, again, takes on a more contemplative role (literally) at Jesus’ feet.
How good of Mary to sit and listen at Jesus’ feet. How humble of Mary to anoint Jesus’ feet with this most precious of oils.
Yet it’s Martha I cannot stop thinking about, because it’s servant-Martha in whom I see myself.
So busy. Always with something to do in my home, rarely without some task to attend to. Too often frazzled. Definitely meeting the very present needs of the people in my midst, knowing Jesus waits nearby . . . yet I’m not present to Him. And this very week, when He wants me to draw near . . . will I?
I’m pondering Martha and her walk with Christ. She’s been transformed by time with the Lord. Instead of bustling about anxious and frustrated, I see a woman living courageously in her calling: joyful service. I see Martha at peace, allowing Jesus to be at peace in her home, while Mary anoints His feet. Maybe she seems “in the background,” but Saint John found her serving here worthy of mentioning. It must be for a reason.
I’m still pondering the lesson, but I will draw near to Christ like Martha did. I want the same transformation I see in her: one that gave her peace in her duties and made her more like our Savior.
Are you familiar with this Dutch artist's rendition of Christ's visit?
Gina Fensterer is a Colorado native at heart, but the West Coast beach life suits her just fine. She currently lives in small coastal area of California with her husband and six children. She loves the Jesus prayer, coffee at any time of day, homemade salsa, photography, and sleepy toddler snuggles. You can find out more about her here.