Recently, I have been brushing my teeth with baking powder after toothpaste. I had the need to do this extra step after brushing and before gargling because of the tint of brown color left after I drink coffee.
I have never been a coffee fan until a few weeks ago when a colleague brought me a coffee from her hometown. The coffee intake is getting to be a habit! I am feeling that it is making me focused and calms my worries. Coffee takes-over as the call of urgency gets stronger? Is this case happening to me?
I was led to reflect on Martha and Mary.
Jesus Visits Martha and Mary (Luke 10:38-42)
38 Now as they went on their way, he entered a village; and a woman named Martha received him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving; and she went to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; 42 one thing is needful. Mary has chosen the good portion, which shall not be taken away from her.”
It’s Not The Absence of Coffee. It’s The Lack of His Presence
Martha choosing the less-good portion does not make her love the Lord less. But she, like most of the women, I included, have the tendency to NOT choose the right way to show our love for the Lord. Most of us women choose to step-in to what is urgent more than what is needful, causing us to be anxious. Even in the church services, sisters get more anxious even to the slightest details more than the brothers. And, this does not stop here. Sometimes, even how we show our love to our loved-ones is dictated by the urgency and not by importance. Have you heard the conversation of a mother and child? Here how it went:
Child: Mom, why do you always come late?
Mom: Because I need to work hard?
Child: Why do you have to work hard?
Mom: So we can have money to feed you.
Child: But I’m not hungry.
Mom: You will be when I lost my job.
Child: If that happens Mom, I will help you find one. But for now, I’m not hungry.
To becoming a Mary, I have 2 points. It is (1) to be choosing the good portion in every situation and (2) that good portion is something that will lead us closer to the Lord.
A heart that belongs to God is A HEART filled with peace, silencing the reasons to be anxious.
In this world plenty of Marthas, how to be a Mary? Then, let us NOT be another Martha.
Who Are Marthas?
- She is distracted with the call of urgency and does not spend time to reflect on what is needful.
- She compares.
- She challenges and doubts God (“Lord, do you not care…?”)
- She is always busy.
- She commands God (“Tell her then to help me.”)
I had the last point laughing me hard. I can point-out because I can relate. I had many times in the past told the Lord in prayer, “Tell that brother to act fast and guide him, please. “
So, if those are Marthas, who is a Mary?
Who are Marys?
- She is focused and spends time on prayer and reflection.
- She looks at her ways and her decisions.
- She trusts God’s provisions.
- She finds time for her presence.
- She submits to God.
Even in everyday life, we are posed with life and death, with good and evil. We need to choose the good portion, just like Mary of Bethany did because it won the heart of the Lord.
Dear Father in Heaven,
Guide our ways and thoughts so we can always choose the good portion, as according to Your will.