Feeling like Martha

I bet you are familiar with the story of Martha. It is told in the gospel according to Luke in chapter 10. Here is a bit of the story:

38-40As 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. Later, she stepped in, interrupting them. "Master, don't you care that my sister has abandoned the kitchen to me? Tell her to lend me a hand." (Luke 10:40, The Message)

This week every time I slow down to connect with the Lord a rush of To Do's parade through my mind and like Martha I feel pulled to tend to them rather than fellowship with the Lord. However, Jesus' response to Martha comes to mind.

41-42The Master said, "Martha, dear Martha, you're fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. One thing only 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)

My To Do's will come and go, but my relationship with the Lord will last forever. Holding the urgent To Do's in balance with the priority of my relationship with the Lord is a constant challenge to what I value. God willing I will make good choices. How about you?