“Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”
And Jesus answered and said to her, “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.” Luke 10:38-42 (NKJV)
About two months ago, my oldest daughter called me from college. She asked me how I was and said she just wanted to hear my voice. I told her I was not feeling that great. She told me she hoped I was feeling better and then said some things I will never, ever forget. My baby told me that she appreciated me and the things I did for her. Those things made her who she is today and she is grateful for me in her life. She said she was living her life now to make me proud and so I could know that all I ever sacrificed for her was not in vain. Let me tell you – the tears flowed for real as they are right now! My baby said to me she wanted to be the woman I am and that I had to know she was very grateful for having a mother like me. That she doesn’t tell me often enough but that didn’t mean she didn’t love and appreciate me.
I was laying in my bed hurting so bad and she called and blessed my soul more than she will ever know. How did she even know to call at that very moment? She said she didn’t even know but just felt that she should call right then. My daughter is learning to be sensitive to the urgings of God and I will keep praying for her as she navigates this journey called life. She allowed the Lord to use her to comfort her mother. I heard exactly what I needed to hear as I lay in bed, alone and hurting.
In verses above Martha was worried about fixing the house, preparing and serving the meal, and how come Mary didn’t help with anything! I can imagine that she was not very nice as she found herself “telling” Jesus, the Guest of Honor, that her sister did absolutely nothing to help with this event. How dare she sit and glean all the attention at Jesus’ feet while I am hustling and doing ALL the work? Jesus chose that moment to praise Mary which I am sure was not what Martha expected.
I believe, in that moment, that Mary needed to hear that praise. Whatever she had going on in her heart, she needed to be at the feet of Jesus, listening and being fed the Living Word! In front of all those people, Jesus chose to praise Mary for getting from Jesus what would change her life. She needed to hear that she was on the right path.
The point I am making is that we need to tell people how we feel about them while they can hear it. Make every effort you can to be present in people’s lives and enjoy hearing their voices and being with them! I pray you will enjoy life more as we enter in Spring!