Busy – A word I’m beginning to grow weary of. I’m not saying being busy is a bad thing necessarily, but when productive-busy turns into overwhelmed-busy, there’s a problem.
What about you… Are you busy? Do you find yourself answering, “I’m really busy,” to the question, “How are you?”
I know I do. I find myself using, “I’m busy,” as a standard answer to just about any question these days.
And so, this got me to thinking… Do you remember it ever saying anywhere in the Bible that Jesus went about doing good and He was very busy? I don’t. I have yet to find even one place in the Bible where it said Jesus was stressed, or overwhelmed, or just plain busy.
So what am I doing wrong?
Why am I always so busy!
You know something? I remind myself of someone, someone from the Gospel of Luke. Her name was Martha. Does this sound familiar?
Martha had a great plan. Jesus was in town, and she decided to welcome Him into her home with open arms. Imagine her joy and honor that Jesus the Messiah would come into her home. Just think of all she could learn from this great teacher!
But something happened, something that stopped her from being able to sit and learn at Jesus’ feet. If you’ve ever invited guests into your home, then you probably know how she must have felt. The consuming desire to make sure everything is perfect, to make sure everyone is fed and comfortable, it must have overwhelmed her.
I can picture Martha responding to the ,”How are you,” question the same way I do. “I’m really busy,” she would say (with just a hint of annoyance at being interrupted).
Stressed out, overworked Martha was busy. She was too busy to sit and learn at the Master’s feet.
I feel for Martha. Because at times, I feel exactly the same way… There’s work to be done and no time for lollygagging, and anybody I deem as not pulling their weight should be reprimanded.
Have you ever felt this way?
Do you ever feel like it’s all on you, that if you don’t do it then no one will? I’m sure that was how Martha felt, and she was upset with her sister for not feeling the same way.
Yet, how did Jesus respond to Martha’s stressed-out attempt to gain her sister’s attention? Did Jesus pat her on the back and say, “Good job Martha, you are really working hard. I can’t believe your sister isn’t helping you! Shame on her”!
No, as a matter of fact He didn’t. He said just about the opposite.
But the Lord answered and said to her, Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42
I imagine that was not the response Martha had anticipated. It certainly wouldn’t have been the respond I would have hoped for.
You see, Martha was looking at the situation in the natural. And in the natural Martha had a house full of hungry guests. In the natural Martha did everything she possible could to take care of the situation. That left her distracted, stressed, and just plain busy.
Hmm, now that sounds familiar.
How many times do I jump in to ‘get things done’ instead of first consulting with the Father on the “one thing” I should really be focusing on?
What if Jesus had someone else in mind to provide for the guests that day? Hypothetically, what if the neighbor across the street made too much soup that day and was just looking for an opportunity to be a blessing? Not only did Martha cause herself to miss out on the “one thing” she needed to be doing, she caused someone else to miss out too.
Martha’s situation and Jesus’ response to it makes me want to rethink my ‘I can do it, always busy’ attitude. Instead of just jumping in and ‘getting-it-done’, what would happen if I took the time to find the ‘one thing’ I should really be doing first? My guess is I would have more time for that ‘one necessary thing’ Mary discovered that day!