~ Choose the Good Portion – Week Two ~
But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to Him and said, “Lord, do you not care…Tell her then to help me? But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, that will not be taken from her.”
~ Luke 10:40-42~
If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that choosing as Mary did does not come naturally to me. My intention of choosing the good portion is often interrupted with distraction and anxiety.
I find myself frequently uttering Martha’s words of “Lord, do you not care?” Not so much in these exact words. My “Do you not care?” sounds more like this…
To my family, “No wonder I can’t get much done around here, I’m constantly picking up after everyone else.”
To God, “Why am I always the one having to clean this stuff up? Couldn’t you have made my kids just a little bit more like me? Help them to learn how to see a need and meet it.”
These phrases and more have been my cry of, “Don’t you care?”
Warning, I am about to break the hearts of my fellow clean freak friends out there as I share a real hard truth I had to learn and am still learning…He does not care about these things.
He does not care if my house is clean. He cares that my heart is clean.
He does not care if my pillows are out of order. He cares that my heart is in order.
He does not care if dishes are unrinsed. He cares about my reaction to the unrinsed dishes.
What God does care about is hearts. We see this in His reply to her, “Martha, Martha…” I can almost hear the gentleness and love in His voice as He speaks truth to her heart. He loves Martha. He cares about her heart and because He does, he drops a truth bomb that blows up her pity party saying, “No, girl, you got it wrong.”
Because he cares about our hearts, sometimes He’ll tell us things that are difficult to process, things that go against our nature and our belief of how things are supposed to be.
My nature is cleanliness. My belief is that everything has its place, and everything should be in its place. Guess what! There are five other people in my home that haven’t been gifted (Yes, it’s a gift!) with my nature and bend towards cleanliness. Guess what else! As much as it pains me to say it; a clean house, turned over pillows, dishes in the sink, these aren’t the good portion. Trust me, a clean house brings me so much joy that my heart gets a happy little flutter for the five minutes each month that my home is clean. But these are just distractions that add up to anxiety. I cannot add any more value to my heart or the value of my loved ones’ hearts by getting anxious over mess and disorder. Hearts are more valuable than these daily distractions.
And because He cares about my heart, because He cares about your heart and the hearts of the people He has placed in our homes, He beckons us to make the choice Mary made. He beckons us to sit at His feet, the feet of our friend and savior Jesus Christ and listen to His teachings. Because when we truly listen to what His teachings are, we will learn ALL that is Him, the good portion.
Listen all, I’m talking to myself right now. I write what I need to hear. And daily, probably more accurately, hourly, even moment to moment, I need to be reminded to CHOOSE THE GOOD PORTION and leave behind distraction and anxiety. God is teaching me to take the time to be with him and trust him with the undone of the day. And He’s using scripture like Matthew 7:25 – 33 to do this. Here’s a VERY paraphrased version he’s spoken to me…
Do not be anxious about the unfolded blanket, or the messy counter. Do not worry about the things you cannot accomplish today. Is not time at my feet, learning from me and being intimate with me more valuable? And do not chastise your husband and children when they don’t do exactly as you asked. Is not the care you give to the condition of their hearts more valuable than the care you give to the condition of your home? I know you love order, and schedule, and cleanliness. Yet I tell you, I remind you, Dear daughter, so do I. I am the one who created order in this world. I am the one who positioned the planets in perfect alignment, just as you have put your home in perfect position. I am the one who created time and space. Will I not do the same for you? O you of little faith, do not be anxious, saying, “Don’t you care?”. I will make a way for you to do all that I want you to do in your day. I, your Heavenly Father, know all the things you desire and need. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
I pray that we can learn to trust God with the undone, and trust in His daily plan for our lives. We need to spend time with Jesus, at His feet, learning from Him and of Him, so that we are able to share the good portion with our families. After all, they are His gift to us!
Pray this with me…
Jesus, we thank you for your patience as we learn that the best place to be, is with you! Thank you for the gentle ways you remind us to spend time at your feet. Help us to learn from your teachings no matter how difficult they may seem. Help us to care what you care about and to trust you with the undone. Lord, we also thank you for the gifts you’ve given us in our families and loved ones. May we be gentle with their hearts and share you, the good portion, with them through our actions and words today.
* Take time to read these scriptures today:
– Matthew 6:25 – 33 – Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap but gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you be being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
* Think About It:
– In what ways do you need to trust God with the undone so that you can take time to sit at his feet and learn from Him?
Blessing to you as you Choose the Good Portion today!
*All biblical references are ESV unless otherwise noted.