"Why," sighed Martha,
"is the only story everyone remembers about me is one moment of irritation and a
put-down from Someone who - everyone assumes - had no sense of humour. Theres even a
concordance - you know, a book where youre supposed to be able to find every
reference to the people and incidents in the Bible - well, there is one of those where the
only reference to me is "Martha - Jesus rebuke of..."!!
Thomas and I have a lot in common - one remark made when he was taken off guard - "unless I see His hands and His feet...."etc and hes "Doubting Thomas" forever! One remark - made under serious provocation I might say - and Im used as a dire warning to busy people for generations to come!
Dismas one-liner gets him into paradise - ours gets us into history as doubters and over-harassed housewives!
Well, lets set the record straight a bit.
Where did Jesus know He could go to get a good supper - and a bit of peace - and, close to the end, a bit of safety?
Who did He know who could rustle up a "little something" for the band of followers who wouldnt know one end of a cooking pot from the other?
Who did He know would let Him have His say - and then have a laugh about it later? did He know would let Him have His say - and then have a laugh about it later?
You see - we knew each other very well, Jesus and I. And recording things in a book - well, you get the words - but you dont hear the way we said it...
There werent many people who could take the idea that Jesus liked to have fun too - and share a bit of banter - and especially not with a woman!
Maybe thats why they recorded that episode! A way of making sure I got my come-uppance when there was no chance of answering back!
Fortunately, as I say, Jesus and I knew each other very well - better than some of those who were destined to go down in history as His special friends.
Mary - well, she was a dreamer - and she absolutely idolised Jesus - and there cant be many things more likely to drive anyone to distraction than the sight of a kid sister mooning over an idol!
I didnt idolise Him - though I would have died for Him - many of us would have done.
The times Jesus and I had were in the early mornings when He came in from His prayer times... Everyone else was asleep and I was up and doing, getting ready for the day.
Hed meet me at the well - and wed talk about what Hed experienced in His prayer - and Id listen and we'd chat about what it all might mean. And then - every now and again when I was busy about something, Id suddenly get an insight into what Hed said. It was as if Hed just popped into my mind - or, more precisely my heart - to remind me of something - or buck me up - or just give me a spiritual hug now and again...
I didnt need to stay at His feet - He was always with me - He still is...and always will be...
Thats all prayer is, you know, just being aware of God with you - wherever you are - whatever you are doing...
But its easy to forget when you are busy.
It might help to spend a bit of time looking in my prayer cupboard. There are lots of ideas that have helped people for generations - there may just be something right for you.
Not that Im knocking "proper prayer" - when you can have it theres nothing to beat it! Time just between you and Jesus - wonderful!The cupboard is a bit like any store. Fresh stuff is always best - but, sometimes, you just have to get something from the cupboard or freezer to keep you going...
Getting ready to visit the Cupboard!
Read the story of Martha in Luke 10: 38-42 and try to read it as a conversation between friends.
Are you a Martha or a Mary?
Which would you rather be?
Are you prepared to make a
cup-of-coffees worth of time available
If so -click on the coffee!