Have you ever felt anxious about circumstances in your life? The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines anxious as “afraid or nervous especially about what may happen: feeling anxiety: causing or showing fear or nervousness: wanting or eager to do or have something very much especially because of fear or nervousness.”
I get anxious about finances – always feeling there is never enough. I find myself being anxious about my health and the health of my family. Sometimes to a point that I diagnosis everyone’s symptoms into a catastrophic illness and become overbearing by telling them to immediately seek medical attention. I become anxious when my house doesn’t look the way I want it to. So too Martha was anxious when she was having a big dinner party for Jesus.
In Luke 10:40(NLT) it says “But Martha was worrying over the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”
I can imagine Martha going to kitchen making sure the food was being prepared correctly. She was probably giving orders to the servants to clean the house, set the table to provide the appropriate amount of washbasins for the guests; so much hustle and bustle with the anticipation of anything that might go wrong. Yet in verse 39, her sister, Mary, was sitting at Jesus’ feet listening to his teaching. Yup, I can envision Martha being irritated with her sister as she is worried about all the details feeling all alone with no help from her sister.
When we are anxious about the circumstances in our lives we have no peace and the focus is on the situation. Just as Martha said to Jesus “doesn’t it seem unfair to you …, I can so easily replace that sentence with my own statement “doesn’t it seem unfair to you that I don’t have enough money? What are some statements that you have said? Yet Jesus said to Martha in verse 41-42 “But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are so upset over all these details! There is really only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it and I won’t take it away from her.” You see Mary sat at his feet listening to Him. Philippians 4:6 says “Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” Mary wasn’t affected by all the hustle and bustle, she wasn’t anxious because she discovered it. So my question to myself, is have I discovered it? Have you discovered it?