Busyness Vs. Humbleness
“Its not about how fast we get to the next task; it’s about how meaningful the journey is.” ~Iyhia McMichael
Time has a way of becoming extremely important in the midst of an emergency. All of a sudden, all of the items on our “to do list” no longer seem important. This is exactly how I felt as I was driving into the emergency room to see my dad after his open heart surgery. Everything seemed to slow down and become a lot more meaningful. I was going to be face to face with a man (my dad) who been a pillar of strength in my life for the past thirty two years, and the idea of him laying down was something I had to be emotionally prepared for.
I, as well as our family was reminded that its not about how fast we can get to the next task, it’s about how meaningful the journey is. We, just like many other families have been one of order and routine, but God has a way of reminding us to slow down and enjoy every bit of our chaotic and hectic day.
“My dear Martha, you are so upset over all these details! There is really only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it and I won’t take it from her.” Luke 10: 41-42 (NLT)
In this world, we are conditioned to be the best that we can be at all cost. While I do not disagree with that completely, I do feel as though we have to find a balance; and the only way we can find that balance is through our relationship with God. The Holy Spirit will prompt us when to get busy or take a break. I had a friend tell me long time ago, “Iyhia, congratulations, you finished the race first, but you didn’t enjoy any of the journey.”
I feel this is what God is saying to Martha. She was so excited to see Jesus that she felt compelled to “do something” and she became upset with Mary who simply praised Jesus exactly where she was. I think as believers, we find ourselves in this predicament often. We constantly judge ourselves and others on how we or others best serve God. The story of Martha and Mary affirms that God doesn’t always want us to do something, he just wants us to BE.
When we are in a place where we have a “list” but can still be interruptable; that is when were are able to hear God best. So, as we head into the birthday of Jesus tomorrow, I pray that we can have an attitude of service instead of busyness. God is a jealous God and he wants all of our attention. He has called us to be a Mary (one who does away with the list in order to serve God) rather than a Martha (who are so concerned with the things of this world).
You are more than welcome to forward these devotionals to anyone that God has put on your heart.