Distracted by Frazzled Service

In Luke 10:38 – 42, the story of Jesus coming for visit to Martha’s house is told.  I can only imagine the needed preparations that were going on within the walls of this house as Martha prepared to feed Jesus and His twelve disciples.

Thank goodness her sister was there to help her!

Or was she?

As Martha was carrying out her works of service, preparing a meal to give to the guests that she hospitably welcomed into her house, her sister, Mary, was not found out in the garden getting some vegetables.  She was not found in the kitchen preparing bread.  She was not found at the well getting water.

She was found at the feet of Jesus…

Sitting.

Listening.

Learning.

Imagine Martha’s frustration upon discovering this.  Jesus and His disciples had come to visit.  What could be more important than serving them?

Being found at the feet of Jesus…

Sitting.

Listening.

Learning.

Finally Martha’s exasperation spilled over.  She approached Jesus and said, “Don’t you care that my sister has left me to serve alone?  Therefore, tell her to help me.”

What was Jesus’ response?  Did He send Mary on her way?  Did He tell her to go help Martha with her acts of service?  Did He tell Mary to come back later and He would continue teaching her when things weren’t so hectic?

No, He didn’t.

Rather, He protected the time that Mary was spending at His feet…

Sitting.

Listening.

Learning.

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.”

Only one thing is needed – to spend time at the feet of Jesus…

Sitting.

Listening.

Learning.

This was important enough – even more important than “much serving” – that Jesus was not going to allow it to be taken away from Mary.

How do acts of service become a distraction?

When we let them steal the time that we should be spending at the feet of Jesus…

Sitting.

Listening.

Learning.

Often times our minds will be the indicators that can let us know if our service is taking precedence over spending time with our Lord.  When our minds are pulled in many directions and we find that we are carrying out service with worried and troubled minds, we need to stop and do a heart check.  We need to halt and spend some time at His feet – sitting or mentally pausing, not on the run – and listen and learn to what He wants to teach us.

I have had several occasions when even though I have spent time with Jesus in the morning, as the day unfolds, I find that the acts of service I am carrying out…the work that God has given me to do…can leave me feeling frazzled.  I have learned that pausing for even a few minutes or seconds – and offering up a prayer to Jesus and meditating on a verse that He brings to my mind – is enough to settle the frazzles so that I can carry on with a calm mind.

And the incredible thing, is that just as Jesus was protecting this time that Mary was spending with Him and not allowing it to be taken away from her, He will do the same for us…

If we ask Him to.

Distractions – even acts of service – can sometimes be so powerful…so pressure mounted that it is hard to focus on anything other than them.  When you choose to spend time with Jesus, but you find that the distractions are just so strong, ask Jesus to garrison your mind and to protect the time that you are spending with Him.  Let the distractions come head to head with His strength, and watch as He calms your mind and heart with His peace that is beyond understanding.

Spending time with Jesus will get our minds focused and centered again on Him.  When our time of learning is complete, we can get up and carry out our service to Him – whatever it may be – with peaceful, focused and joyful minds and hearts…

Minus the frazzles and the frenzies:D

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