“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
It has taken me a lifetime to appreciate our very human need to slow down and to relax a bit. I truly enjoy the natural beauty around me. Still, I sometimes use more energy listing the reasons that I cannot head outdoors to walk on a particular day than I would have expended by actually walking. In the end, I accomplish far less than I might have if I had been energized by that trek outdoors.
As I contemplate the early onset of autumn this year, I realize that my opportunities to walk outdoors will soon be limited to those days when I can tolerate the temperature. Though I truly enjoy winter’s beauty, I will have to enjoy that beauty firsthand for only a few minutes at a time. I looked away from my keyboard for a moment to respond to the tree outside of my window which seems to be waving to me. As I watch, it occurs to me that I must listen to the Wise One who once told Martha that she worried far too much. Then, I must watch carefully as Mary sits peacefully at Jesus’ feet, drawing in his every word and all of the affection that comes with each one.
It occurs to me that I must ask Mary to move over a bit so I can take my place at the Lord’s feet as well. It is there that I will learn to stop worrying about the cold that may or may not come my way and enjoy the warmth of this particular moment. I’m going to sign off now and go for a walk. I want to wave to that tree outside my window in person.
Generous God, as I set aside my own worries, help me to assist others in doing the same. Open each of our hearts to your infinite love and peace.
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