Updated: Dec 7, 2019
"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts... and be thankful"
The fall season starts one of the busiest times of the year! The holidays that are meant to bring families together and fill us with thanksgiving often turn into a sprint to the New Year's Eve finish line. We tend to miss what's most important as to-do and Christmas lists take center stage, leading to jam packed schedules and stress.
I want to take a moment to reflect on a similar story we find in the Bible that will hopefully bring our focus back to where it belongs. Mary and Martha were two sisters who loved the Lord Jesus, however they had very different agendas the day He came to their house for dinner. Martha was the one caught up in the busyness of preparing their home and a meal for the guests, while her sister Mary sat at the feet of Jesus to hear Him teach instead of helping. This annoyed Martha and she asked the Lord to tell Mary to help her! Jesus told Martha that she was "worried and upset by many things" (who can relate!?) but only one thing was necessary, and Mary had chosen the better part. The one thing necessary is spending time with Him! (Luke 10:38-42)
Surely the Lord is pleased with our service and hospitality to others, and there's nothing wrong with preparations. I don't believe He rebuked Martha for her actual service. But if we are consumed by our doing as she was, leaving no time to be still in the Lord's presence, we are likely to end up like Martha who was anxious, stressed and empty of the love, joy and strength which God provides to serve those we love!
So, this holiday season, if you find yourself anxious and stressed by many things, stop what you're doing and find a quiet place to sit and rest in the Lord's presence. Better yet, get into His presence before even taking on your day. He will fill you with peace, and you will carry that sweet fragrance of the knowledge of Christ (2 Corinthians 2:15) into the lives of those with whom you gather! After all, isn't He the reason for every season? Let's give Him thanks!
From my family to yours, we wish you a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving week ahead!