“As they continued their travel, Jesus entered a village. A woman by the name of Martha welcomed Him and made Him feel quite at home. She had a sister, Mary, Who sat before the Master, hanging on every word He said. But Martha was pulled away by all she had to do in the kitchen…”
Luke 10: 38-40 MSG
When your body catches up from an exhausting week - and it’s Sunday night – would you rather get into bed early, finish doing the never ending chores or do you press into His presence?
I felt these options were tempting me one Sunday night as I was so tempted to get into my bed and close my eyes. That would only last for one minute before I begin to worry about all the piles of clothes or dishes that was calling me out of bed. My mind raced “Where should I even begin so late?”
It seems like it’s after I put my child to bed is when I get the never ending work done. This is the only time I really have to get one thing completed. But it just seem like nothing is really ever completed in our home.
That moment – as hard as it was for me to do – I chose to press into His presence.
I turned on my worship segment.
I began pacing my house singing to God.
I read Psalms 23.
I prayed to Him.
It is definitely not easy as I just typed it out. When you say “press” – that’s what it really was in that moment. I think of myself an exhausted marathon runner on the last leg of their feat pressing toward the finish line because it’s in sight’s distance.
Most days, it’s not easy for me to pray when I can plop on the bed or couch and finish watching my Netflix series until I fall asleep. It’s actually most difficult. To gratify the flesh is to do what I want to do. But to satisfy my soul, is to do what I need to do.
Just like in Luke, Martha was so caught up with all she had to do, right in the presence of Jesus, she forgot that what all she needed was right there in her own living room! If only Martha was like her sister Mary when the presence of Jesus provoked her to sit at His feet. Just like Mary most of the time, I get very consumed with life and all I have to do – and just put in my mind “I am too busy to pray at the moment, Jesus.”
But how in the big scope of things, I look back and share “I could have stopped to show God my love for Him in that moment”? Take moments as a sweet momento to love on Jesus.
After all, sometimes all you have is an “I love you” while reading 1 Corinthians 13. Whatever your moments are, choose Him every time.