Mary’s Choice

June 1, 2010 by  
Filed under Daily Devotions, Personal Growth

Busyness has become the mainstay of our lives. We rush to work, hurry home to make dinner for the family, scramble out the door for church or dash around to fit in our errands for the week. At the end of a busy day, we plop on the couch exhausted. I wonder what God thinks as He sees us sprint through our week? I am as guilty as the next person of having a life too full.Honestly, I don’t think He ever intended our lives to be so hectic.

When I picture Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, I see them working contentedly as they went about daily tasks. I doubt they were stressed, rushed, or worried. They had fellowship with God every day. Life was good. They tended the garden, cared for the animals and enjoyed their surroundings. Then, things changed. Sin entered the world, and fellowship was broken. One choice changed it all.

One Biblical example about a good choice is in Luke where we see the contrast between Mary and Martha. Martha rushed about trying to make a nice meal for everyone while Mary sat and listened at Jesus’ feet. I’m sure Martha prepared an elaborate spread. After all, Jesus had come, and she wanted to make everything perfect. Then her resentment began to show as she wondered why Mary didn’t help with all the preparations.

I love Jesus’ response to her when He said, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things, but one thing is needed. Mary has chosen the better part,” Luke 10: 41, 42 NET. Mary chose to stop the day’s activities and spend time with Jesus. She wasn’t worried about the meal, the cleanliness of the house, or how many guests had come.

Do we stop our busyness to sit quietly before God, to read His word and to hear Him speak? Are we worried and troubled like Martha? Do we soak in God’s truth and let Him speak to our hearts? How much better our lives would be if we would make that choice each day. God created us and knows our tendency to rush through life. He said, “Stop striving and recognize that I am God,” Psalm 46:10 NET. Let’s learn to be more like Mary and sit at Jesus’ feet.

PRAYER: Lord, help me to remember the importance of spending time with You. Give me a heart that desires to learn from You and help me to make that a priority in my day.

“With all my heart I seek You. Do not allow me to stray from Your commands. In my heart I store up Your words, so I might not sin against You,” Psalm 119: 10, 11 NET.

Today’s devotional is by Carin LeRoy, wife to Dale, mother of three grown children and one high school teenager. She has served as a missionary with PIONEERS since 1982. Her passions are family, playing and teaching piano, missions, and writing stories that show glimpses of God.

About Carin LeRoy

Today's devotional is by Carin LeRoy, wife to Dale and mother of three grown children and one almost-grown teenager. She has been a missionary with Pioneers since 1982. Her passions are family, missions, piano, and writing to challenge others to live faithful lives for God.


2 Responses to “Mary’s Choice”
  1. Carin, thanks for this devotional. You and God must be trying to tell me something. Yesterday I was on the Rockefeller Ranch on a safari-style tour of the property to view the exotic animals there (a private tour with the ranch manager). Not once, but three different episodes at various times of the day, three different vehicles stalled and smoked/broke down/ran out of gas. While waiting for rescue, I was stranded with hubby in the heat of day, smack-dab in the midst of nature and God and nothing else. No deadlines, no phone lines, no waiting lines. I looked up at the sky, and said almost audibly, “I get it God. You want me to stop for a bit, and just BE.” That was at the second break-down. So when break-down #3 happened, I just laughed. “You’ve got my number, God!”

  2. I so enjoy your devotionals! If we could all be more like Mary our lives would be less stressful. I know mine would! Thank you for sharing your inspiration.

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