Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World – Joanna Weaver

The holiday commotion is going full force right about now. Christmas shopping lists, party planning, outfit organizing, winter vacation itinerary and the list goes on and on! Yes, this is a fun season to have face time with friends and family and do things you don’t get to do the rest of the year like ice skating in downtown 😉 however; we need to remember the Reason for the Season!

Jesus Christ

I love Christmas music! It is played everywhere, sung by choirs and danced by elfs at the mall…but have you heard the music of His voice? Mary understood this very well. She heard Jesus’ voice and was drawn to His sweet melody: Join me in reading Luke 10:38-41

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 feet listening 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 only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’

So can you relate? I know I sure can. I tend to be the one, like Martha, to get caught up in my To Do List and sometimes miss out on the moment. In this story we see that Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. They were things that needed to be done BUT Jesus makes an important distinction…

Mary has chosen what is better

Being responsible, hospitable and a crafty Martha Stewart of sorts is not the issue here. The issue is being able to know what is of more value at that certain time. I’m sure Martha wanted to make her home a pleasant place for Jesus but she got caught up with the To Do List, to the point of even scolding Jesus for not telling her sister Mary to help her! Wasn’t He her guest of honor for whom she was doing everything in the first place? She forgot the reason for the feasting.

Mary, on the other hand, I can imagine running around the house helping her sister get things ready, but at the sound of Jesus’ voice, she left whatever she was carrying on the kitchen counter and made her way to sit at Jesus’ feet and just listen.

To be drawn in such a way implies a deep affection and an interest towards Jesus. Mary knew Martha had asked her to help, but when she heard Jesus’ voice she knew that whatever he had to say would be of so much value she would not miss it for the world!

So my question to you and for myself is, can we hear his voice amidst the hustle and bustle of our busy December? Are we drawn to that quiet place at Jesus’ feet?

There will always be new tasks added onto our To Do List, just like there will be dishes in the sink tomorrow as well, so when you have the choice before you to either tackle another task or step away to sit at Jesus’ feet I pray that we, like Mary, will choose what is better. Sitting at Jesus’ feet, listening to his sweet voice; words of Life, words of comfort, words of Strength.