Luke 10:38-42 – 38) Now as they were traveling along, He [Yeshua] entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. 39) She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. 40) But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” 41) But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; 42) but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
Life can be soooo busy. We all know that. Always something to do, somewhere to go – whether it’s go to work, to a game, to a meeting, shop for groceries, get the car’s oil changed, on and on.
Mary had chosen the good part. For a follower of Yeshua, what is the good part? Certainly, service to others is important. Martha was not doing anything wrong, or bad. Yet right there in her home was THE MESSIAH. Mary wanted to just sit and sh’ma Him. Sh’ma is a Hebrew word, meaning not only to hear, or listen to, but to absorb and act upon what is said. Martha was so concerned with doing doing doing, while Mary was being being being. I’ve heard it said that we were created as human beings, not human doings. Again, doing is not wrong, but pacing yourself is key.
So just a word of encouragement – amongst all of your doing, if you’re not, take at least a short daily time for being; if not daily, try for a few times a week. It doesn’t matter if you’re working, out of work, or retired. If you’re a believer, you have the Spirit of THE MESSIAH right there with you. Choose and enjoy the good part for a little while. Sit and sh’ma Him, get into His written word. Turn off the media for a bit. It will make your day better, even if it turns out to be a rough day. It can be done; I’m speaking from experience. Get up a little earlier, stay up a little later, get off to yourself for a few brief moments as you can. If it seems difficult, ask ADONAI to help you find a way to choose the good part, a time for being, with Him. It will work out, and you will be blessed. Then go out and do the doings – loving and serving others.
Mark 1:35-37, Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Yeshua got up, left, went away to a lonely spot and stayed there praying. But Shim’on and those with him went after him; and when they found him, they said, “Everybody is looking for you.”
First, being; then, doing.