Nov 10

A Martha Moment

2009 at 3:16 pm   |   by Carolyn Mahaney Filed under Biblical Womanhood | Devotional Life | Homemaking | Holidays

“Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. but Martha was distracted with much serving.” Luke 10:38-40

Sitting is hard work. As women, we are doers by nature, not sitters. How can we sit when there is so “much serving” to do? Then the holidays hit. And we thought sitting was hard before.

After thirty five years of loving, reading, studying and meditating on God’s Word, I still have my Martha Moments: I am tempted to serve rather than sit.

Sadly, it doesn’t take much to distract me. It can be as simple as a breakfast bar wrapper.

I’ll be in the kitchen pouring a cup of coffee to have with my devotions when….

I notice the breakfast bar wrapper on the kitchen table that my son neglected to throw away the night before.

I throw it away and discover that the trashcan is full.

I take the trashcan to the garage to empty.

When I return the emptied trashcan to the kitchen, I discover that we are out of trash bags.

I go to the basement to get new trash bags only to remember the load of laundry in the dryer that I forgot to fold.

As I fold the laundry I realize I need to iron Chad’s school uniform for school that day.

Which reminds of the note I need to write to his teacher.

As I’m jotting a note, I hear CJ on the treadmill.

“I should hop in the shower now, because he’s going to need get in the shower as soon as he finishes exercising.”

By the time I get out of the shower it’s time to wake Chad for school and make his breakfast and pack his lunch…

Poof! Gone is that precious time to sit at the Lord’s feet.

But that’s not my only Martha Moment. I’ll share another one tomorrow.