The story of Mary and Martha is just a few verses in the book of Luke, but it's something I believe every person can identify with. I find myself in seasons of being a Mary and different seasons of being a Martha. It's easy as a college student to take the months of August to May and call them my Martha months: times where I need to buckle down, get the job done, and do my best to succeed. Then during the summer, Mary days are simple: digging into the Word, spending time with those I know need it most, and being sensitive to how I spread myself.
However, when is it acceptable to take my eyes out of God's focus?
That might taste like a big sip of black coffee to some; let's think about this in another way.
There's nothing wrong with wanting to do well in school, move up in your job, or have a schedule full of great adventures, but when those things are done without being sensitive to the Lord's voice, we've put ourselves in Martha's shoes. I can imagine the situation: the dishes are piled in the sink, laundry sitting in a stack half folded, and the floors are begging to be swept while Jesus is walking into their home. Martha knows these chores will be done so much faster if Mary would stop sitting around and help her. And it surprises her when Jesus says that Mary has done the right thing.
The significance of Mary's actions is that they were intentional. She knew that the best way to spend her time with Jesus was to listen instead of cater to him.
I'm often convicted when I'm overwhelmed by the to-do lists that I seem to be drowning in come before time spent with my Savior or bringing glory to His kingdom. So in this calendar year, I chose to live intentionally. Which sounds like an obvious venture, but oh friend don't be fooled, the lessons I learned in this time have made such an impact. Even when I have a huge test the next day, I make myself go to that college service. On days I want to go cry in a bubble bath, I call one of the younger girls I mentor and ask how her week has been. When I'm somewhere, I am present, conversations have motivation, and emotions are more true to size. Our culture is full of Marthas, but it's time for us to rise up as a Mary people.