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Resolution: To read my Bible at least once per week, although more is preferred.
I want to push myself to continue to grow in my walk with God. I want to prepare myself to be a godly wife. I want to know God; who he is, his thoughts, his desires, his commands. I also want to learn to trust Him.
I looked in to a reading plan for the Bible. There are now several verses sent to my email each day which I can read on the train or my down time. These emails help me achieve my goal of ‘at least once per week’ however, I’m still working on making extra time to meditate and fully reflect on the words I read. It’s still a great start to get me in the word.
One story that I came across this week was one which I heard before. This particular week it stuck with me.
38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 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!”
41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
I am Martha. I can see her running around making food for everyone, cleaning the house, going from task to task to make sure everyone else is taken care of. It is in those moments of busy-ness I can see her asking the Lord to command Mary’s help. I feel as though I would be Martha and I would think the same way.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the busy-ness in my life. I am busy because of the many, many blessings and opportunities the Lord has given me. What strikes me about this story is that the Lord was there for Martha to admire and listen to, but she was still in a state of worry about the non-important ‘clutter’ going on. She didn’t make time for the Lord because she put HER to-do list before Him. This is my struggle.
I worry about the chores and the to-do list I have planned for myself; when I’m in a pinch, I choose MY to-do list over reading my Bible or prayer or meditation on the Lord’s word. This selfish choice leaves me feeling empty and frustrated.
My hope over this next year is to be able to keep the story of Martha and Mary in the back of my mind, realize what is really important and know the sometimes the best thing I can do is simply trust God to handle it. That’s not to say I should just sit around and wait to sense a sign from God. I should continue my journey onward, but when I’m in a pinch, and especially when I’m feeling overwhelmed, I would like to keep in mind my takeaway from this story; Trust God. Sometimes that’s all we need to do!
When you’re in a bind, do you make time to seek the Lord or do you struggle through whatever you’re going through and go back to the Lord once you’ve ‘got it figured out’? What are some ways you learned to trust the Lord when busy-ness sets in and the enemy plants feelings of frustration? Let me know your tips in the comments below!
Until Next Time..