“Martha, Martha, 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’s taken me a lifetime to appreciate our 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 out 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’d been energized by that trek outdoors.
As I contemplate my need to relax, I look up from my keyboard to respond to the tree outside of my window. I watch as it seems to wave to me. It occurs to me that I must listen to the Wise One who once told Martha that she worried far too much. Martha needed to be more like Mary who sat peacefully at Jesus’ feet, drawing in his every word and all of the love that came with them. It occurs to me that I must ask Mary to move over a bit so I can sit as well. It is in my rest that I’ll learn to stop worrying about the tasks which lie ahead and to enjoy the moment at hand.
I’m going to sign off now and go for a walk. I want to wave to that tree outside my window in person. Perhaps I’ll find a bit of Mary’s peace along the way.
Generous God, teach us all to find your peace in our much-deserved rest.
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