Sometimes life gets in the way. Things demand our attention. Then it happens.
We get distracted. Our relationship with Jesus gets pushed to the side.
Take heart. In this story of two sisters – Mary and Martha – we observe how easily this can happen. Even in the physical presence of Jesus!
What is Mary doing? She’s sitting at the feet of Jesus. Paying close attention to the Teacher!
Martha? She’s distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.
Martha doesn’t even notice that Jesus is teaching. She even complains to Jesus - Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!
"Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed”
We can almost hear Martha’s thoughts. “Only one thing! There is much work to be done before I can serve a proper meal to our guests!”
But Jesus is right. There is only one thing that is really needed. A student must always find a way to pay attention to the Teacher. Nothing more important than this!
Sometimes life gets in the way. Like Martha, we get distracted by necessary things and neglect the most valuable thing.
Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.