Seeking God Through the Hustle and Bustle (by Tyler Scrivens)

Let's be honest, we have all been there. Life gets busy, life gets hard, and all of a sudden, we are no longer seeking God in our lives. Our days are full of extra-curriculars, the dinners out with friends, or that next episode of whatever we are watching on Netflix, that always seem to make it to the top of the priority list. It is the things like going to church, praying, reading the bible, or going to small groups that gets left out of our schedules. We often preface their exclusion with the age-old saying, ‘I will do it next week'. These life-giving things that bring us closer to God are treated as less valuable, and because of this, our relationship with God suffers.

Why does this almost always seem to be the case? Why do we pack our schedules to the brim with things that are actually distracting us from God?

Let's look at Luke 10: 38-41.

38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? 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—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

From this passage we can see two differing perspectives on what is deemed important. Firstly, we have Martha. She is running around getting the house ready, trying to make sure that everything is perfect. She was so distracted by these preparations that she was missing the fact that Jesus was in her house, sitting right in front of her. Then we have Mary, who makes it a priority to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen to him. We may feel that we need to watch that next episode, or fill-in-the-blank for whatever is your personal distraction may be, but as Jesus teaches us in this passage, what Mary chose to do was better; To sit and be present with Jesus.

This week, as we look at our schedule, each of us need to make a choice. Will we be a Martha, or will we be like Mary by having Jesus be the priority in our life?