Sunday, September 9, 2012
What the Marys Know
Most of us can identify with Martha of Bethany at one time or another--hardworking, efficient, aware of others' needs, skilled, a doer of things that need doing and thus always busy and, oh yes, complaining.
The Marys, all of them--Mary Magdalen, Mary of Bethany, and the virgin mother of Christ--were lovers. All of them. They had "the better part."
We know we are supposed to be more like Mary but somehow we just, well, can't.
Because Martha is just so NECESSARY.
Dishes need doing.
Babies need feeding.
Lawns need mowing.
Who is going to do it all if all we do is hang out with God and love Him all the time?
I've decided that even Mary can mow the lawn.
What separated these Marys from Martha was not what they did, it was their attitude.
A Martha knows her Bible verses. She goes to church. She attends Bible studies. She helps folks in need. She cleans the church and bakes pies for socials.
Martha marches to God's cadence. And God loves her for it.
But Mary allows herself to be drawn into His arms and loses herself there--not forever, not so the beds never get made, but for the sheer joy of these times of communion.
She does not give up one for the sake of the other. She has found her beloved and intends to enjoy Him.
They hurried off and found Mary and Joseph and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen Him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.--Luke 2:16-19
Don't let the tenderness of moments with Christ escape you.
As Marthas, we only begin our life with Christ.
As Marys, we find its depth.