I keep thinking if I just work a little harder, I will get caught up and be ready to go where God calls.
Sound familiar? I’m a lot like Martha. Worrying, preparing, and missing the fact that Jesus is sitting right in front of me.
Sometimes I even get resentful towards the Marys who are already sitting in His presence while I rush around checking things off my list. People are pretty hard on Martha because they see her as a resentful worrier. Perhaps, like me, Martha was just trying to get here responsibilities taken care of so she could give her full attention to Jesus.
Perhaps we are hard on Martha, because deep down we know we are more like her than we want to admit.
Have you ever thought sitting at Jesus’ feet is something we will do when our debt is paid down, our kids are grown, the house is clean, work slows down, or we finish some big project? Sometime in the future when all of those things are taken care of, He will get our full attention. But notice what He told Martha.
“But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Luke 10:41-42 NLT
Martha was overwhelmed with guilt and expectations about what she was supposed to do to be a good host. When she came to Jesus frazzled He didn’t tell her she was failing. He didn’t discount the fact that there were many other things she was called to do.
He just pointed out pursuing Him was the only thing worth that much energy. He wanted her to know the call to sit at His feet and listen was at the highest priority.
I think in her heart Martha knew it. That’s why she was feeling conflicted and resenting Mary’s ability to sit and listen. But it’s so easy to get caught up in the day to day and forget to go where God is calling.
Are you struggling with your obligations? Perhaps you are so overwhelmed and exhausted that you can’t sit and listen.
Jesus is calling you to His feet to listen and rest. Today you can carve out time and make it happen. Don’t wait until your list is complete. Don’t meet everyone else’s need first.
Where will you carve out 15 minutes to sit at His feet and listen today? Let me know in the comments, and if you’re looking for a place where other faith-led women lift each other up, don’t forget to join our FREE community Christian Women Who Lead!
Christian Life and Leadership Coach , Angela J Herrington, loves helping women find freedom and fulfillment in their God given calling. She teaches women how to recognize, cultivate, and unleash their God given leadership ability. A true Gen Xer-Angela loves thinking outside the box, combining things that are seemingly unrelated, and helping women create a unique life that perfectly suits their soul.
With 8 years of life, business, social media, and leadership coaching under her belt Angela a dynamic speaker and writer who creates enormous value for her audiences. She is known for crushing complex topics down to bite sized pieces and sending her audience home with actionable steps to apply their learning.
Angela is a Lark’s Song Certified Life Coach who reaches hundreds of thousands of women in 40+ countries each month on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and two blogs.
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Angela, her husband, and five children live in her home state of Indiana. Angela has served on the Board of Directors for Christian Coaches International, as Vice Chair of the Carey Services Board of Directors, and held multiple positions in her local church, scouting organizations, and schools.
She holds a BA in Biblical Studies from Indiana Wesleyan and a Master’s in Leadership from Wesley Seminary. Angela’s short story “The Turkey Trail“ was published in the collection Naturally Yours: Stories About Indiana’s State Parks and Reservoirs. She has been published in Hope for Women and HOPE is Now magazines.