Sitting down, my coffee mug in hand, opening my bible, “WAIT!” Jumping up, “I forgot to put the clothes in the dryer.” Coming back later, determined to finish this time. The phone rings. “Chit-chat, chit-chat.” Minutes later, “Bye.” Ok, NOW! Reach for the bible again. Hearing the clock chime, “Oh my, I have to run.” Book closed. Distracted.
Jesus is in the home of the sisters, Mary & Martha. Mary is found sitting at Jesus’ feet. Martha, being the Martha Stewart of the day and using ingredients she can ONLY find three villages away, (kidding) was in the kitchen working. Luke (chapter 10) describes Martha as being distracted by all the stuff, the preparations.
Interesting the way Luke describes the scene, distracted. The word he chose (‘perispao‘) is the only place this word appears in the N.T. It isn’t a soft glance quickly the other way, it is a full on ‘over-occupied’ in a different direction. It denotes the misplacement of cares and responsiblity. Grammatically it is used in the ‘Passive Voice,’ meaning: The action is emphasized rather than the subject of the sentence. Martha was DISTRACTED!
Mary, still sitting and listening to Jesus. Martha begins to complain, she urges Jesus to encourage Mary to help her.
I love Jesus’ response, “Martha, Martha…” It doesn’t say it in the narrative, but you can almost see the slight swaying of Jesus’ head as He repeats her name as to emphasize a deep sigh. He continues by stating she worries and gets upset about many things. However, her sister has chosen wisely, “There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it…” (v 42)
How easily we too are distracted with life, our cares and responsibilities. If you are like me I ‘squirrel’ all over the place. I need to focus! Like Martha, we have great intentions and motives, after all she was preparing a meal for them. Yet there ARE times we are to set aside the stuff and just sit at Jesus’ feet. Setting aside what occupies our time, thoughts and attention. Learn of Him.
In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love & good deeds.” – Heb. 10:24)