How many times have you read the Mary and Martha story? Maybe you’ve read it so much your eyes might glaze over; maybe you’ve not read it at all. Luke 10: 38-42 shares the story of these two sisters and the choices each made during Jesus’ visit with them. Martha was distracted, while Mary chose to be still.
This morning as I attempted to sit still and focus on the Lord, I read these words, Mary’s “inner person slowed down enough to focus on Jesus.”
I’m guilty of thinking my stillness is needed physically, maybe I need to scale back my commitments or reduce my task list. Even if I do, the busiest place is still my mind. I long for more of this “interior stillness” and focus of Mary’s. Do you?
The writer then says, “our goal is to love God with our whole being, to be consistently conscious of God through our daily life – whether we are stopped like Mary…or active like Martha.” (P. Scazzaro)
Being consistently conscious of God, staying focused on Jesus, inviting internal stillness, I desire these things greatly. But, my mind is where these truths really have to take root. It’s no wonder the Lord has reminded me multiple times lately “he will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are stayed on him.” (Isaiah 26:3) Unleashing God’s peace begins with my mind. Focusing on Jesus begins in my mind. Surrender begins in my mind.
Just like I had to tell my mind to hold a thirty second, one legged squat this morning, I can remind my mind of these truths all day long. I can actively turn my thoughts to Jesus – inviting him in, focusing on his word, asking him for wisdom, casting my cares up on him.
Luke 10:42 says, “But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen the good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
Mary chose to focus on Jesus. Mary knew that everything else was extra, but Jesus is enough.
May we choose the Mary way today, friends. We won’t be perfect, but we can make one mindful choice at the time.