Weekly devotion – 263 Distractions

Distractions – by Raphael ben Levi

“But Martha (overly occupied and busy) was distracted with much serving; and she came up to Him and said, Lord is it nothing to You that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me. But the Lord replied to her by saying, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things: There is need of only one. Mary has chosen the good portion which shall not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:40-42)

When we read this well known human interest story can easily miss the point. Scripture never discriminates against a godly person who is busy with legitimate tasks. Instead, we are urged to immerse ourselves wholeheartedly in obedience to our gifts and calling. It was considered the sacred duty of people to offer hospitality to itinerant rabbis but here it was slightly different. Yeshua stayed as a guest at the home of a special friend – the house of Lazarus. His sister, Martha, sought to bless Yeshua with all her strength but missed something of greater priority: “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things: There is need of only one. Mary has chosen the good portion which shall not be taken away from her.”

And then, three days following Yeshua’s death, Mary visited the tomb where He had been laid but found it empty. Now it was her turn to be distracted but in a different way to Martha. All she could see was a gardener standing close by – so close and yet so far – until she heard Him speak her name. Are we giving full attention to the One who is the object of our desire, or maybe we too have confused priorities and miss Him when He is so much closer than we can imagine? 

Remember, we will always find God in the garden not the tomb.

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