Becky Spell Contributing columnist
September 6, 2013
Has a special song playing in a store, while you were ‘waiting’ for service, sent chills down your spine? Usually when I have an appointment, I anticipate waiting and go prepared with my journal to write in or a book to read. A recent visit to the cell phone store sent me to the ‘waiting place’ Dr. Seuss wrote about, a place where I do not like to linger. It isn’t that I think I should not wait when others must endure it too, but weariness sets in when waiting time seems to have no end. So, how can waiting be a wonderful experience? As we age, we either get better or bitter with things we can’t change concerning things in this lifetime…like lengthy waiting and wondering about things we do not understand that really won’t matter in the end. As we mature and make blessings from bumps in the road and burdens on our backs, we become more like a Mary in a Martha world…if we make that choice.
However, we can go to another place Dr. Seuss shares where dreadful living dominates. Most of our happenings and dealings — who we are and become — depend on choices we make and attitudes we develop throughout our lives. We can be happy, happy, happy or hateful, hardhearted, and headed for gloom and despair. We make the choice to overextend ourselves with busy schedules and burdensome lifestyles. When enduring a little waiting time and looking for a blessing within a delay seems impossible, we should open our Bibles to the story of how two sisters handled having a special guest for dinner. One sister was burdened while the other was blessed. Are you thinking about how you and your loved ones operate? Maybe you are a Martha with Mary siblings that drive you up the wall, or a Mary whose Martha friends keep going and going and going like the Energizer Bunny. Perhaps, you are a mixture of Martha and Mary. Whatever we are, family and friends have words for us.
My grandson stepped on my own toes while writing this story, without any idea it was about living life so busy that we miss blessings and spending time with the Lord and loved ones. Connor stood by my computer and watched as I typed and deleted. He waited for me to finish so we could head to the beach and ride our boogie boards. He said, “Nana, you’re a rushing Martha.”
My fingers froze on the keys. I looked into his big blue eyes and knew his words were true. I said, Connor Spell, you know I take time for you.” His reply is a reminder for all Martha minded people who embrace Mary moments. Connor’s tight squeeze and tug to share some of my Saturday just playing with him told me what I needed to hear as I share this story with you. My grandson wanted me to stop doing two or three things while listening to him and concentrate on our time together when he said,
“I know Nana but you always have to rush because you have so much to do.”
Jesus had words for Mary and Martha while waiting for dinner to be served in their home. Martha, busily preparing the house and meal, fumed when her sister chose sitting down when work needed to be done. Mary made a choice to enjoy sharing time with Jesus. She took time from the many busy things she could have been doing and listened. Martha’s frustration was evident in her words to Jesus, “Lord… tell her to help me” Luke 10 40:41
Jesus’ words ring true to those who allow busyness to rob blessings. He said, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
When we stay connected to Christ and make good choices, He will strengthen our hearts and show us the way to enjoy life here and have life everlasting with Him in heaven. Christ our Lord longs for His children to take time from busy schedules to embrace the simplicity of serving Him and sharing His love. We must be still and know that He is God, while listening and looking for ways to stay connected. When we take time to talk with Him, we will know His voice and hear His Word. Connection and reception will be clear with Christ on the line…every time.
Lyrics from a song I learned from children (who have very little toys but lots of joy) on a mission trip to Belieze ring in my heart . Whether we live life Mary or Martha style, we should take time to enjoy what we do and cherish the love of the Lord deep down in our souls. I can see the smiling faces and happy smiles of those precious little children singing, “Jesus on the telephone, tell me what you want. Tell me what you want right now. Some want silver, some want gold, but I want Jesus in my soul”!
Taking time to enjoy what God made, giving Him honor and obedience, living life out loud in love, and having Jesus in our souls truly is worth more than silver and gold.