Crazy Busy

I’m busy at the moment. I’m sure you are too.

Somehow, it’s winter already. Deadlines for the middle of the year are creeping closer. The flu season has hit hard and early. So many things are demanding our time and attention, and if you’re like me you’re probably feeling a bit weary.

I was challenged this week by the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42. Jesus came to their home for a meal, and there was so much to do. Things quickly needed to be cleaned, cooked and prepared. Martha was busy, running around and taking care of all the different tasks, while her sister Mary simply sat on the floor at the feet of Jesus and listened to him speak.

Martha was upset and wanted Jesus to tell Mary to help her. But Jesus told her, “Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her.”

The things Martha was doing weren’t bad. She was busy preparing a meal for her guests, just like we’re busy doing important things. Her problem was the same problem I so often have. In the midst of being so busy, I don’t take the time to sit quietly at the feet of Jesus.

This week, even though I’m crazy busy, I’m committing to find that 15 minutes of time where I can sit quietly at Jesus’ feet and hear him in the Bible. Perhaps you could join me in this.

For more on being busy, see Kevin DeYoung’s (mercifully) short book about a (really) big problem, Crazy Busy.

Stuart Jansen