Let me begin by saying that I am not a "list girl",but the month of December I am. Can you believe it's already December 1? I love it, but this morning I feel the need to tape my ankles, put on my tennis shoes, and hit the ground running. I have lists in my kitchen, in my car, in my room, and always one in my head. I have a list of things to buy for art projects, list of people I want to write or call or do something for over the holidays. I have an ongoing list of children's activities and things they need. I have a Christmas card list, gift list, to do list, party list, and of course the never ending grocery list. I check things off all day and rewrite lists on clean paper thinking if it's neat it might be shorter or more "do-able." Yet I have found new paper just makes more room for more stuff on the list.
After making a couple of lists this morning I spent time in God's word and this is what I studied this morning.
Jesus was traveling with His disciples. (38)"He entered a certain village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. (39)She had a sister called Mary, who was listening to the Lord's word seated at His feet.(40) But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and Said 'Lord do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.' (41) But the Lord answered and said to her, 'Martha, Martha you are worried and bothered about so many things,(42) But only a few things are necessary, really only one, for Mary has chosen the good part which shall not be taken away from her." Luke 10:38-42
I love verse 39; Where was Mary? She was seated at His feet. I feel such peace as I read that. I can only imagine Martha's tone of voice and her body language were the complete opposite of peace. Jesus told Martha that she worried about too many things and that only one thing is necessary. Jesus said Mary chose wisely. She chose to listen, sit at His feet, and worship. Imagine if Martha had chosen to be still and worship instead of worrying over "lists."
Ready or not Christmas is coming. I don't want to be a Martha waking up in the middle of the night worried about a "list." I want to be a Mary who sits at Jesus' feet, engrossed in His word, and wrapped in His love. Who will you be this Christmas? Mary or Martha?
Love love love Ruthie