“One thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her.”
I’m gladly a “Mary” in spirit when it comes to her choosing to sit at Jesus’ feet and learning from Him.
Mary let the busyness around her fade into the background. Nothing deterred her attention from the Teacher. She refused to say yes to anything that didn’t matter in the moment.
Yes, being a gracious host is needed. And as far as she was concerned, SOMEONE was taking care of it; fulfilling the role. Everything was covered.
I can imagine her eyes and heart locked on Jesus like her life depended on it. It did!
I hadn’t taken His words to heart as if my life depends on it. It does!
I started to take my eyes off of the most important thing that’s needed to be the first part of my day, sitting at the Teacher’s feet. I’d go through the motions of rote actions at best.
Studying God’s Word and hearing His voice is of utmost importance to me, and I wanted that time back!
My attention being pulled away to different parts of being a hostess; a hostess of saying yes to things that I didn’t fully seek God in, a hostess of not prioritizing my time.
The busyness that used to be faded into the background comes rushing in like a tsunami wave at times, doesn’t it?
I recently wrote about dealing with distractions when reading the Bible and having regular time alone with God. Read more HERE.
If you’re a “Mary” and have allowed the greatest and best thing to become the hindered thing, do you wonder how to get it all back into alignment?
Do you find yourself becoming overwhelmed because frazzled is not what you do?
I’d like to suggest things that have helped me.
- Admit it! Own up to the fact that too much has been taken on.
- Ask the Lord where we need to prioritize the most needful things.
- Ask for grace. Speaking with whomever we need to in asking for a break or an out.
- Seek accountability. There are others that know us well and can sometimes tell when we’re taking on too much before we do.
Getting back to “still” doesn’t have to be a hard task. It’s part of what our Christian life is about. Trading the heavy and unneeded for the light load of Jesus and His living water.
I’d like to continue this discussion with you.
Share some ways that you’ve discovered how to become still again.