Reflecting! ~~Estelle P. Shrum – 10/20/15

Luke 10:38-42 (NIV) – At the Home of Martha and Mary…
“As Jesus and his disciples went on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

After once again re-reading the story of Martha and Mary and how Jesus rebuked Martha for her caring more about the meal that she was serving and that she was not getting any help from Mary, I had to reflect as to which one was I. I would like to say that I identified with Mary and her attitude to first minister to Jesus. Unfortunately I had to admit that I saw myself flawed like Martha.

I fear I would have had to have the house spotless, put out the best meal I ever made, wore the best outfit I owned, had every hair in place, and most definitely had fussed with my eye make-up, making sure I had no clumps in my eyelashes. I am not sure if I would have been be upset that Mary wasn’t helping me in the kitchen as I don’t like people messing in my kitchen.

I feel confident that if I had understood that Jesus was the Messiah I would have been more like Mary, but Martha did not have the same understanding as Mary. Sadly, I do know the Holy Spirit and still care too much what other people think of my appearance. However, when Jesus does come back I will be meeting Him up in the clouds of glory and won’t have to worry about having a bad hair day.