“Sometimes the best thing to do is nothing at all.”
I am guilty. I am guilty of the overload of trying to be superhuman. The attempts to do everything, be everything and achieve everything have all been on my plate multiple times throughout my life. Even until the point that if I am not being “everything”, stillness would frighten me or make me feel uncomfortable as if I was missing out on so much that could be done. I would deny myself the privilege of stillness and quietness because of the unfamiliar aspect of peace and rest.
Truth is “I LOVED BUSYNESS”. Weird, right? Who in their right mind would love being busy all the time and carry unnecessary burdens? Well, simply put me! I am not the only one though. Many people today are infected by the disease of busyness. The busyness in where you do everything and miss the important things. The busyness that enslaves you to your own ambition and to the ways of the world, which sublimely tells us that if you’re not moving, working, and “getting it” , you are less of a person. Yet, we fail to recall when has the world ever taught us something helpful rather than harmful. Some of us are busybodies without even knowing. I worked eleven hour days in the school system, supported myself, served wherever I could, was a full time student and mentored multiple people. I thought I was achieving great multitudes of things for myself and God. Shoot, in my mind I was making the world a better place “one task at a time”. I took pride in all the work that was being produced, until I was convicted.
During prayer one day I was babbling before God, and He silenced me by saying “You are too busy for me. You have done everything, but have not accomplished anything. There is so much in your heart, there is no room for me.” When I heard this I was shook to the core. My mind raced on how much work that was put in and time that was sacrificed and I couldn’t believe He would say that. From my understanding I could see nothing wrong. Yet, He gently lead me to read about Martha and Mary.
Luke 10:38-42 NLT
As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”
At that moment my name was officially changed to Martha. Although, I was and still am deeply in love with God, I neglected His presence just like Martha did. She openly and eagerly welcomed Jesus into her home and then missed out because of her own struggle with busyness. It fascinated me that the bible said she was “distracted”. When I searched for the definition I found that the word distracted meant: to cause (someone) to stop thinking about or paying attention to someone or something and to think about or pay attention to someone or something else instead or to turn aside (Webster).
Martha turned aside from her first love because of her desire to be superwoman. Her very own desire to prepare a big dinner had drawn her away from the importance of being still and resting in the presence of God. Just like me, Martha saw nothing wrong with what she was doing and even confronted Jesus about her sister not helping her with all the work she thought was so necessary, only to be told that she was concerned about meaningless things.
Just like Martha, it is still so easy to be distracted by things we may prioritize as important, but we must ask ourselves is it truly? Take a moment to weed out and evaluate some of the burdens and heavy loads you have placed upon yourself because of your desires. Sometimes our own ambition can be our downfall. Matthew 11:28 ” Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Though we have a Savior who gives us rest so freely, we must also have a heart willing to receive. Get into the presence of God and allow Him to show you what is important.
Allow Him to search your heart and remove the distractions and noise of this world, but first you must put down the pots and pans and sit yourself at the Lord’s feet. Don’t get distracted with the big dinner which translates to the busyness of your life and everything that tugs on you daily whether it is your job, degree-seeking, social life, or dreams. Remember, in all her doing Martha discovered nothing valuable, yet Mary’s stillness obtained her wealth beyond measurement.
“Be still and know I am God…”