Wednesday, January 2, 2013

No Time For That

Ok, so who else made a New Year's resolution to spend more time in the word? I did, and so far, day 2 of the new year and I am on day 2 of failure. It seems that now that the holidays are over I am so busy running around... cleaning this, straightening that. Next week I will begin running kids back and forth for school functions. Then there are the bible studies, play groups, mom's groups, church, church functions. It's time to get back to the same old crazy busy "normal". But it's a good kind of busy, the kind God himself called me to. I am a stay at home mom of four kids because that is the life God gave me and the role he has placed me in. It is my job to take care of the house, the kids, my husband, my church. I am doing my Christian duty by staying busy, busy, busy. I may be overwhelmed, over worked and stressed to the max but it would all fall apart if I didn't do it. The kids need me, my husband needs me, my church and friends need me. So stopping to read the bible and spend time with God... well that will just have to wait! Right??!

We good Christian girls doing our good Christian duties may not be material girls living in a material world, but we are certainly turning into Martha girls in this Martha world we have created! 
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feetlistening to what he said. 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 answered, you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42
Today I gently heard the Lord saying, "Sarah, Sarah..." 

In all the times I have read and heard read this passage I had missed that one part, "you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed..." Ugh, that hit close to home! I am under the impression that these things and people that God holds in the palm of his hand would cease to function correctly if I stop for a minute. I forget too easily who entrusted these things into my care and who can more than take up the slack...
“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place?" Job 38:4-5, 12
Surely if I "choose what is better", the God who laid the earth's foundation, who gives orders to the morning can care for what I miss. Heck for that matter if He can get the morning up and going I bet he could do wonders for getting my kids up and dressed! Choose what is better. Give him some of your time and let Him give you something that cannot ever be taken away.  

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