“My first stop was T & H… what was that you asked? …where’s Pavo?” “Seriously?” “You know, the town just the other side of Barney. Okay, now that we have our geographical coordinates… excuse me a moment… Mommm (that’s TC of course), can I have another rawhide chew? Mine fell on the floor and has sand on it. I’d ask Dad (that’s me of course), but he can’t get his nose out of his Nook; why’d you buy that thing for him anyway?”
“All right, where were we? Oh yeah, I was telling you about Burton Brooks Orchards in Barney. Do what? Where’s Barney? I thought we already dealt with this… it’s just this side of Pavo. Back to my story… hold on… Mommm, have you seen my rolling-on-the-floor-laughing toy? I think Duchess took it again.”
“Okay… so there we were buying homemade peach ice cream… what’s that you say? Where’d I find homemade peach ice cream? Aren’t you listening? Hang on… do what, Mom? awwww, hang on a minute… Mom says there’s a cow out; I’ll be right back.”
“…I’m back. As I was saying, in the drive through of the Steak N Shake… do what? No, of course they don’t sell homemade ice cream at the Steak N Shake. You really should pay better attention when someone tells you a story. Hang on… Mommm, my water bowl’s empty.”
“So… we got home just in time for… Mommm, can we ride the four-wheeler? I’m bored…”
Think Pot Pie has a busy life? You should have been in the house that day with Jesus, Mary, and Martha.
Here was Martha serving hard as she could go, while that lazy Mary just sat around. Well actually, Luke tells us she was sitting at the feet of Jesus listening to Him teach. Still, we find out real quick-like that Martha is not pleased with the duty roster.
Who could blame Martha though? Slaving over a hot stove, distributing drinks and rice crispy treats, and scrubbing dishes is important and hard work. Especially when her sister didn’t lift a finger to help.
And when Jesus is confronted by Martha regarding her slacker sister? Jesus tenderly rebukes Martha for her fretfulness. Luke 10:38-42
Jesus prizes our affection above our service. Let’s be honest, our service is often tainted by pride and self-importance. To be occupied with Him is the one needed thing, and it will not be taken away.
Charles Erdman once wrote, “While the Master does appreciate all that we undertake for Him, He knows that our first need is to sit at His feet and learn His will; then in our tasks we shall be calm and peaceful and kindly, and at last our service may attain the perfectness of that of Mary when in a later scene she poured upon the feet of Jesus the ointment, the perfume of which still fills the world.”