In the Office: That Moment When Your Daily Devotional Reading Smacks You in the Head with What You Needed to Hear

Okay. So truth be told, I was planning to skip writing this blog-post today. In fact, I was inclined to skip a meaningful time of prayer and reflection all together. After all, I’ve got a fair amount that still needs to be done to get ready for Sunday. And on top of that, I’ll be doing a funeral tomorrow, and much remains to be done before I’m ready for that. So I felt reasonably justified in saving a little time by “going easy” on the spiritual exercises.

But then the gospel lesson from today’s Daily Office smacked me in the head with a message I obviously needed to hear. The passage tells the brief story of Jesus’ encounter with Mary and Martha, and I’m sure you know the tale. Martha is all business, trying to get things done, while Mary is sitting at the feet of the Jesus. Martha protests: “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” But Jesus responds:

“Martha, Martha…you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41-42)

So, having been appropriately reminded, I’m off to spend some time sitting at the feet of Jesus. May He enable all of us to “choose what is better today.” And even in the midst of our busyness, may be know His faithful presence.

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