Even as I sit down to write this; this message from the Lord, the tasks beacon to me. The laundry on the couch peeks up at me. The crumbs on the counter are highlighted by the sun. The crooked picture on the wall torments me. The endless chores call, but Jesus is louder. Thank you, Lord, that your voice is louder.
Recently, while visiting at a loved one’s house, Jesus, Martha, and Mary became incredibly vivid in my mind. The familiar verse in Luke became a vision right before me.
As Jesus and his disciples were 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.[f] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10: 38-42
In the middle of wiping down the counters after preparing food, I hear the conversation slide over to a Spiritual topic. Hearing words such as forgiveness and Holy Spirit being spoken in the living room, I continue about my chore. Within seconds, the Lord intervenes and floods my mind with Mary sitting at Jesus’ feet while Martha busily tended to chores. In a flash, I was shown my choice: continue to serve in the kitchen or join in where Jesus was in the living room. Without any further hesitation, I dropped the towel I was holding and joined the conversation in the living room where Jesus was, where His Spirit was resting and waiting for me.
I am grieved considering how close I was to missing this blessed opportunity to speak of His goodness. I am saddened thinking of the many times I have likely chosen cleaning up over what is better.
But, I rejoice in the clear vision the Lord gave me that afternoon and the Spirit’s intervention prompting obedience.
Oh, Lord, you are so good. So very good.
Dear one, where in your home is the Lord calling you right now? Are there dirty dishes to clean or a child to pray with? Is there laundry to fold or a Bible passage to share with a friend? A lawn to mow or a neighbor needing a word of encouragement? Oh, dear one, choose what’s better!