I just could not stop myself from sharing from my devotional this morning from the book, Mornings with Jesus 2021. The lesson was about how Martha rushed around and resented the fact that Mary was resting at the feet of Jesus and just listening to him. This was like an arrow to my heart because Christmas has become a rush season to get shopping done, balance accounts and make sure that appropriate gifts are purchased and on the way to the recipients. This year has been extra challenging because I am caring for a baby and a three year old almost all day so my personal chores have to be done early in the morning or later at night. Anyway, I think I have been in the process of becoming a “Martha” when the person I really want to be a “Mary.”
That’s why I’m writing this post, to confess my shortcomings and to encourage you all to be a “Mary” this hectic holiday season. I cannot fathom the Lord rushing around from store to store (or even online) to get gifts or decorating or even planning holiday parties for various people. I can imagine Him going about His regular day of serving people and His Father, just being Jesus. In my human desire to help everyone make everything perfect for the holiday, I was beginning to lose sight of the reason for the season. But, not from here on! I am committed to walking closer to Jesus, getting to know Him better and listening for His voice, every day, but especially during this season of rushing around.