Where is God on your To-Do list? Is He only relegated to Sundays, and Wednesdays for Bible study? Or maybe you consider yourself His continual servant, praising him every day, while you go about your many daily tasks. Thanking Him for His many blessings in your life, but also secretly wishing you had more time, more money, more friends, etc. When is enough, actually ENOUGH? Yes we all are faced with an ever increasing To-Do list, especially if you are like me, caring for an ailing husband, while also enjoying the many blessings, and added responsibilities, of being a Grandmother.
But as Abraham learned in Genesis 18:1-10a, there will always be a blessing in putting aside our daily chores, and tending to others.
“ The LORD appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day. He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to the ground. He said, “My lord, if I find favor with you, do not pass by your servant. Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. Let me bring a little bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on–since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.” And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, “Make ready quickly three measures of choice flour, knead it, and make cakes.” Abraham ran to the herd, and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to the servant, who hastened to prepare it. Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree while they ate. They said to him, “Where is your wife Sarah?” And he said, “There, in the tent.” Then one said, “I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son.” “
Abraham was wise to serve our Lord, but what if he did not recognize these strangers, would he have been so helpful? Would you? How many of you have passed a stranger on the street, asking for just a quarter, a dollar, and you brushed them aside, wrapped up in your daily inner dialogue and to-do list, thinking them just a street person. Though some of these individuals, may have a need beyond a hot meal, what if? What if that scraggly, homeless man you pass, while on your way to work, to the store, or to Church, was our blessed Father, seeking a respite from the heat of the day, and a nourishing meal? Would you rush to offer aide and comfort, just as Abraham did, only wishing to serve others? Or would you pass on by, with barely a glance?
Even with a crammed To-do list, helping and serving others, should be near the top . But we should also stop, take some time during our busy day, and listen………pray, and listen to the messages of hope, love, and salvation offered by the Father. As a woman, trying to be a dutiful daughter of our Lord, like Mary, while also living in our Martha Stewart world, I am immediately touched by this dilemma faced by two women in Luke 10:38-42.
“Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.” “
This is such a powerful message for me. Yes, we all have so much to do each day, and in this technology-driven world, our to-do lists are getting longer, but when do we say…….STOP?! This is especially crucial for women, who tend to cram so much in to our daily lives that we forget, or minimize, one important item. Our precious Lord, and ourselves. just as Mary did. While Martha was distracted by her to-do list, Mary knew that the very most important item on that list was Him, who is our most holy Father, and Savior. So the next time you begin to feel like a slave to your To-Do lists, take some time to pause, reflect, and listen. Possibly what you really need is not another task, another item bought at the store or the mall, another phone call to return, or another boring meeting. What you need, what we all need, is to take the time to listen to our Lord, reflect on His messages, and give ourselves permission to occasionally take respite in the loving arms of our Father.