Yesterday, I was able to spend cherished time in thought; reading and writing without distraction. It was a solid 6 hours of respite and being in the Word of God and prayer! I was so thankful in the moment and never wanted it to end. I was having a “Mary day,” and it was about time, because I had “Martha days” for weeks on end. Our fast-paced life demands me to be a Martha more times than not – wanting to be with Jesus, but knowing the work needs done.
On the way to church today, I was grumbling to my spouse – how much I missed yesterday’s quiet and that now I had to deal with my daily overwhelming responsibilities. Then, he reminded me of Jesus.
Yes, Jesus did model time in the presence of the Lord in prayer and true communion in silence. Yet, was that the main purpose of His ministry? His ministry was action. Traveling. Healing. Sacrificing. Calling others to action. Loving the little children. Having compassion on the hurting. These are draining activities emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and physically.
That put my struggles in perspective: I couldn’t be an effective witness if I secluded myself. I had to take action and do what needed done, even if it seemed menial, constant, and draining.
The Martha days are difficult, but the Mary days will come to provide respite and rejuvenation. God knows we desperately need those days (and He loves when we spend genuine time with Him). I have to continue in the work of the Lord daily. Friends, we need to carry on in the active love and work of Christ. Onward! Philippians 3:14. John 9:4. Matthew 11:28. Galatians 6:9. Luke 10:38-42. ©️2019 Rachel D. Lyne