Today we found out sweet little Elfie making some tasty snow angels in mommy’s baking stuff. Oh that naughty guy! The scripture story he brought for us to study today is found in Luke 10:
38 Jesus and his disciples went on their way. Jesus came to a village where a woman named Martha lived. She welcomed him into her home. 39 She had a sister named Mary. Mary sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was busy with all the things that had to be done. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, my sister has left me to do the work by myself. Don’t you care? Tell her to help me!”
41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered. “You are worried and upset about many things. 42 But few things are needed. Really, only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better. And it will not be taken away from her.”
I am not going to lie……I really wanted to skip this day. There are so many other things in the Bible to learn about right? We don’t really need to do this lesson today do we? I mean……..really?
For those of you that know me, you know that I struggle with being more like Mary and less like Martha. I think if we are honest we would say a lot of us have this struggle, especially us moms.
As we read through the story we talked about what it would be like if Jesus came to our house to visit. Like really knocked on the door as a “normal” person and sat down on our crumb filled couch and had a cheese sandwich with us. We laugh and giggled at what He would find in our house. Mostly the mess. Just talking about it with them made me want to start cleaning! Then my very wise 5-year-old said, “But mommy, Jesus is here in our house with us all the time. That’s what you told me. And He is in our hearts. So He already see’s our mess.”
Enough said. Drop the microphone moment. Yes my boy, you are so right! Jesus is here in our house with us! And He is everywhere we are. He knows all about us and what we focus on the most. In this story, Martha was rushing around trying to clean up the mess, and make great food, and be an amazing hostess for her very important guest. There is nothing wrong with what she was doing. Don’t miss the point here. When Martha ask Jesus to make Mary help her, Jesus doesn’t scold Martha for trying to care for Him. He simply says, “Baby girl, I love your heart of service. But Mary is doing what is best. I am best. Being still in my presence and listening to my words are the most important. Hear my voice, focus on me. Let me take care of the mess.” (my words, not His)
Since I was talking to a 4 and 5-year-old, we talked mostly about making God the most important focus of our day. He is always watching us and He wants us to think of Him first in our day. In this story of Jesus visiting Martha and Mary, we are reminded that Jesus wants us to look to Him before anything or anyone else, yet our lives are full of distractions that get in the way of making him our number one priority.
Our craft was a simple rolling-pin ornament to symbolize the work we can get caught up in every day. Ironic……since I love to bake and all.
What a great reminder as we come up on Christmas and New Years to truly focus on the miracle that He is. It is so easy to get caught up in hosting people, presents, cooking, cleaning, visiting family, and such that we don’t spend the time to just be still and sit down at the feet of Jesus.