“Jesus simply didn’t want Martha to be so caught up in kitchen service FOR Him that she missed out on the joy of Living-Room intimacy WITH Him.”
~ Joanna Weaver ~
Having a Mary Spirit
If you get too caught up in the mechanics of doing something, you lose the simple joy of the experience.
Have you ever gone to an amusement park with someone who was enthralled with the way the park was laid out, entranced by the technology of the rides, obsessed with the way in which crowd control measures are implemented?
I have. It’s not a fun experience for us “average Joes” who just want to scream when the roller coaster dips, make Dumbo go up and down or the teacup spin faster, or snap a photo or two of the parade down Main Street.
Or stated differently, if you focus too much on the details, you miss the big picture.
Jesus did not want Martha to spend the entire night fussing over Him and worrying about his comfort because he wanted her to sit down, visit with him and enjoy the simple pleasure of being in his company. Jesus knew, of course, that his time on earth was limited. He knew that his visits with Martha and Mary would be of finite duration and limited in number so he did not want Martha to look back later with regret, wishing that she had spent more time in the living room chatting and less time in the kitchen fussing.
The story is a metaphor for our lives, a lesson in how to live our lives to the fullest, pausing from time to time to make sure that our priorities, focus and perspective are appropriate and accurate. Sometime you just need to sit back, relax and take the experiences in . . . fly your elephant and enjoy the wind in your hair and the view as you go up and down. The last thing you want to do is look back on your life and say, “Oh, bummer . . . I wish I had known how things would turn out. I would have enjoyed myself more.”
Life is too fleeting for regrets and wondering what might have been. Yesterday’s Monday Candle Moment is a fabulous reminder of that fact.
Get out of the kitchen. Join the party! Make some memories!
Read Part One.