Diptych / 24” x 30” x 1.5" each / acrylic and ink on canvas
In Luke 10:38-42, Martha and Mary responded very differently when Jesus came to rest in their home. Mary immediately sat at the feet of Jesus to soak up every moment with him, while Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made, busying herself with work.
I so relate to Martha in this story. I can just imagine her running through the to-do list in her mind getting more and more frantic as she asked herself, “Is the house clean? The laundry done? Did I get everything on the grocery list? Oh no! I forgot about the bread!” …as the oven begins to smoke. Clearly overwhelmed and frustrated, her bitterness gets the best of her and she complains to Jesus. “My sister is just sitting here while I bustle about getting this place ready all by myself! Tell her to help me!”
His response stops me in my tracks… “Martha, Martha. You are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed. In fact, only one is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Both Martha and Mary were serving Jesus, but only one was doing what was necessary: spending time in the presence of our Lord, sitting at His feet with no distractions, and soaking up His wisdom and goodness. I hope during this wonderful, busy season, we place our to-do lists and schedules aside to remember the one and ONLY thing that is needed: Jesus.