Well, my name is obviously not Martha. It is Emily. It has been for almost 21 years now.
But I know so often I act like a Martha. How does a Martha act? Well, how did this particular Martha act?
Jesus came to the house of Mary and Martha, two sister, and while one did all the work, the other sat at the feet of Jesus and listened to his teaching. The impression is that Martha did the wrong thing by not sitting at the feet of Jesus.
While that is so true, there is another good point about what she was doing and why it wasn’t good for her.
Jesus, the Messiah of the world, was sitting in her home, and she was distracted.
Luke 10 says this in the ESV:
But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her” (10:40-42).
She was distracted, and because she was so, she was anxious and troubled.
By taking her eyes off of Jesus, Martha experienced the stress and frustration that comes with this fallen world. She grew worried when she needed peace. She grew tired when she needed rest. Jesus was offering these things to her, but she missed it.
Martha overlooked the gift Jesus was holding out to her in His own hands.
Oh, how often do I miss what Jesus has placed right in front of me! The Lord repeatedly gives me growing friendships, academic challenges, and grace for each day. I miss it. I miss out on the rest and peace that God tries to give me.
A great challenge of this life is learning to see the grace and peace that God gives for each day. May I see it. May you see it.