Our dog, Honey, was frantically pacing our home office and barking. My daughter just arrived home and although Honey desperately wanted to greet her, I was standing at the entrance of the office. She is our family dog but is still terrified of me and will usually bark to alert the rest of the family of my evil and foreboding presence. Thus, all she could was pace and bark. As I watched her frenetic activity, I was bemused. She was so conflicted. She wanted to see my daughter but she was afraid of me and didn’t want to cross my path. She had so much pent-up energy and didn’t know what to do with it, so she channeled it by barking and pacing. At least she was doing something, if not accomplishing anything!
Silly dog, I thought, then, it struck me. I was staring in a mirror. How often do I feel compelled to do some activity out of frustration because I think I need to do something to control a situation? I embark on energetic but useless behaviors meant to appease my ego but ultimately never addressing the real problem. Like my dog, I am doing something but not accomplishing anything!
Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. 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.”
Luke 10:38-42 (ESV)
I empathize with Martha. She wanted to serve Jesus and occupied her time with activities she felt she must do to please Jesus. Jesus gently reminded her that while these activities have their place and are important, she must reset her priorities and first focus her energy upon quietly listening to Jesus’ teaching and learning at His feet. I, too, need to be still and know that God is Sovereign and in control (Psalms 46:10).
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.