The story of Martha and Mary is always a challenging one for me. Martha is busy serving and gets a bit irritated at her sister, Mary, for just sitting at the feet of Jesus, listening to Him talk. I mean, that’s great and all, but somebody’s got to provide the food and drinks for everyone. Combine this with my initial reaction to the Prodigal Son story, and it is pretty clear that I am an oldest child.
As I reflect on it, though, I realize that we can make ourselves busy with many things, and we can miss moments that we need to experience because we are caught up in things that matter less. There’s a saying that if the devil can’t make us bad, he’ll make us busy. The trick is to be able to put down the to-do list and realize that some things just don’t need done. As we spend time at the feet of Jesus, listening to the things that He has for us to do, some other things just fall of the list. Plus, the ones that remain become much easier somehow. So, when those days fill up with busy, and the moments of grace are scarce, stop for a moment and sit at Jesus’ feet. It really is the better part.