I wanted to share with you another excerpt from this book. This time, though instead of Mary, we will be looking at the other Mary, and her sister Martha.
Peace or Panic?
In sisters, Mary and Martha, God presents us with a classic study of opposites when it comes to managing the demands of life. Their story begins with these words: "A certain woman named Martha welcomed Jesus into her house. And she had a sister called Mary" (Luke 10:38-39). Then what happened? When Jesus went to their home, Martha welcomed Him in for dinner, but she became distracted by all her preparations. Busy in the kitchen, dealing with the multitude of details on her mind, and anxious that everything go well, Martha was a whirlwind of activity.
How did her lack of peace show itself? First of all, Martha was stirring the pot not only in the kitchen, but also in the family room! There she stood, accusing Christ ("Do you not care...?-verse 40) and accusing Mary ("My sister has left me to serve alone"-verse 40), complaining about the burden she had assumed. She's bossy, blaming, distracted from what mattered most. And she's yarping-which, you'll notice, is "pray"ing spelled backward!
In contrast to this hurricane of female hyperactivity, we find the lovely Mary...
- resting at the Lord's feet while Martha is restless
- worshipping while Martha worries
- at peace while Martha's panic level rises
- sitting while Martha is stewing
- listening while Martha is lashing out
- commended by Jesus while Martha is confronted by Him (verse 39,41).
Today I ask you....which do you display? I asked myself that same question, and I find that sometimes, I am like Martha, worried about everything. But then, I remind myself, if I am like Mary, all my Martha activities will be completed, but with a much calmer perspective.
Take the time today to be a Mary, and worship at the Savior's feet....and read this book! It is great!