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We’ve all heard about Mary and Martha, right? Mary sat at Jesus’ feet. Martha worked. Martha complained. Jesus told her to chill out.
It this day and age (especially with young children), it is sooooo very easy to become Martha in this rush-rush society.
During the day, we have to grocery shop, do dishes, deal with tantrums, and have a Bible study…at some point. At night, we have teeth to brush (hopefully we have already brushed our own) and a husband that may need something…ahem…special.
It reminds me of a blog post I read recently by a friend. Her husband NEVER misses his 6 a.m. morning time with God.
I’m lucky if I went to sleep by 1 a.m. the previous night considering all the things I have to get done! Geesh.
The last time I remember doing that…I was single.
So you get the point. We are busy. But Christ admonished Martha that by resting in his presence, Mary had chosen the “better part” – the part that wouldn’t be taken from her.
But have you read the “other” story about Mary and Martha?
Up until this morning, I hadn’t.
(Or maybe I had but never made the connection between the two characters’ stories).
John 12:2 reads:
A dinner was prepared in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, and Lazarus was among those who ate with him.Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance.
Here again, we see Martha serving and (wonderful, faith-filled) Mary doing something (again) spectacular.(Note my sarcasm.)
Obviously, Martha didn’t get the message the first time. Or did she?
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