You ever feel like life was just too much or like this dark gloomy cloud is overshadowing you? That was my exact feeling of yesterday and it came all of a sudden! Wasn’t sure what it was, but I just knew it wasn’t right. It was time for school and I just wasn’t feeling it. Midterms are coming up and I have some big papers due back to back and not to mention my other work to do in the field. It’s not much I guess compared to the next, but all of that in the midst of personal life all came flooding through. As I drove home from school I just started praying. Asking God what was this and why all of a sudden. Asking Him what can I do and how can this be diminished. The story of Martha and Mary in Luke chapter 10 came to me. Martha received Jesus in her home and was preparing things and serving Him whereas her sister, Mary, was sitting at Jesus’ feet hearing His word. Well, Martha got a lil agitated at what she was doing and questioned Jesus as to why He’s not telling Mary to help her serve Him and His response was SO Jesus! He said, “Martha, Martha, thou are careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her” Luke 10:41-42, KJV. Those two verses alone helped me feel better about my day and my night. I can just hear Jesus answering my questions saying the same thing: “Danika, Danika”. What I love about the 5 verses from when Martha receives Jesus into her home and Him answering her is that you can see how life happens. We accept Jesus in our lives and get so focused on serving Him and doing what is needed to be done that we sometimes forget to be like Mary and SIT at Jesus’ feet and hear His word. He said “but one thing is NEEDFUL”. It’s one thing to actively seek and hear the word, go to church, and fellowship one with another and it’s another thing to actually sit and do nothing but listen. We all are Martha in a sense. We get caught up in the things of our life and may look over and notice how the next person is doing nothing and wonder, “Well what’s up with that?!” and we go to Jesus like, “Lord, You don’t care that I’m doing all this?” and He has to shake His head and call out our name twice!! Now, for Him to do that, I can just hear the disappointment in His voice. The Bible in Galatians 6:9 tells us to “not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not”. So yes, we will get weary and overwhelmed, it’s no secret, however; we must not faint. When life seems to be taking a toll, it is time to be more like Mary and sit. I know the song says to “just stand”, but I think I may have to remix it to tell folks to sit and listen. I know graduation is coming near and I’m not giving up on that! But in the midst of it, I gotta remember to sit.
So in closing, the message I have receive and that I am sharing with you is before you go to God questioning Him what’s up with you and all this work and trouble you are going through, remember Mary and take a seat. I’m sure the Lord will come and comfort you: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” Matt 11:28, KJV. He said it in His word, so He is obligated to do it. After all, not to mention, He is THEE most greatest comforter there is.! So sit and do not faint, your reaping is coming!