Mary’s Heart and Martha’s Hands
The Gospels tell the story of two sisters, Martha and Mary. Martha was the practical one, bustling around making sure meals were prepared, cleaning was done, and guests were happy. Mary, in contrast, simply sat at the feet of her Lord, listening to Him teach. When Martha complained to Christ, she was told to leave Mary be, because she had chosen the better part, and hers it would remain.
In this world, we’ve lost the concept of “Be still and know that I am God.” (Sometimes I wonder if anyone is even capable of sitting still anymore, let alone bothering to know Who is God!) Mary knew how to ‘be still.’ Martha knew how to run around, and be busy. (Remember though, she knew Who to run to – when her brother Lazarus died, she ran alright – right to Jesus Christ. So don’t give her a bad rap.)
Unfortunately, not all of us are Marys. Even if we desire to simply sit at the feet of our Lord, we can’t. There are demands on us from all sides. Family, school, work, the list is endless. The Lord obviously does not desire us to neglect our work here… He Himself has placed it before us. (Imagine a mother praying at the church day and night, and not caring for her family.)
I pray that my Lord will show me how to have Mary’s heart. A heart that longs for Him, His wisdom, and His Presence. But also, that I may have the hands and feet of Martha. Hands that are eager to work, serve, and care for others, and feet that run to Christ in everything.
Then, I think, we will relearn the meaning of “Be still and know that I am God.”
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