Sunday 23rd February 2020
I like reading the “On This Day” columns in the newspapers and had a wee laugh at one of the items listed last Monday. It read:
“On this day in 1909 Geronimo, apache leader, died. His real name, Goyathlay, means ‘one who yawns’”. [!]
Quite a contrast, then, on Tuesday when another paragraph read:
“On this day in 1546 Martin Luther, father of the Reformation, died at his birthplace, Eisleben in Germany, at the age of 62 – supposedly of overwork.”
We hear a lot about “work/life balance” and it seems that this is not a new problem. (Luther, apparently, could have done with some respite, while Geronimo – if his name is anything to go by – needed a bit of a shake!). When Jesus visited the home of Martha and Mary, he encountered a family conflict between the two sisters. Martha was distracted by the things that needed doing for her guests – especially Jesus, while Mary “sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what He taught”. Martha was not amused! Her sense of unfairness and her plea that Jesus tell Mary to come and help her were met with this reply,
“Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. Only one thing is essential, and Mary has chosen it – it’s the main course, and won’t be taken from her.” [Luke 10: 41-42 The Message]
Both sisters were serving Jesus, but Mary’s devotion was – to Jesus – the more important …… “the main course”.
So this week, let’s pray that we each will have a heart to serve Jesus, and for wisdom to know when to work, and when to “sit at His feet, listening to what He teaches”.
May it be so,