Mary Has Chosen What is Better

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. Is. 40:28

As I sit here today, totally exhausted and even feeling swollen to my fingertips from my week of packing, cleaning, moving, hauling, and sorting, I find it really cool that God never grows tired or weary. Our work is filled with toil, His is not. The fact that He works on our behalf and does not grow weary is indicitive of the fact that one Day we too will enter that rest and restfulness that Adam forfeited.

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? My tears have been my food day and night, while men say to me all day long, “Where is your God?” These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go with the multitude, leading the procession to the house of God, with shouts of joy and thanksgiving among the festive throng. Psalm 42: 1-4

So much of my weariness is emotional, even the background emotion of stress. I place hope for rest in the completion of my massive to do list. God is at rest within Himself. My lack of understanding about delays in home closings, my parent’s potential sale of their home falling through, how to effectively (and lovingly) accomplish the multi-tasking required of parenting and even “friending”, leaves me weary. God is at rest in His own control of timing, in His own perfect Love which never fails and His certainty that He will accomplish everything He intends. He invites me into this rest, even if just as a foretaste of good things to come.

She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:39-42

I have had to be physically taxed to get our home moved, but we are now out of our former abode and into this “temporary” apartment (in quotes because the ways things have gone so far with the selling of our home and the adoption process, nothing is speedy). Even as I am surrounded by boxes that need to be unpacked and rooms that need to be strategically organized, He is inviting me not to be distracted by these many preparations. My busy, task-oriented slave driver self wants me to run faster and harder. Jesus has asked no such no thing. The eyes of man want to see that I know how to create an inviting home. Jesus wants to create in me an inviting heart in place of a busy, noisy one.

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Ps. 46:10-11

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