…and get out of the kitchen.
As Jesus travelled the land he was quite dependent on the kindness of strangers. Like many, Martha invited him into her home. She quickly disappeared into the kitchen preparing a last minute snack. As she worried about WHAT would be served and HOW she would pull off a meal worthy of such a guest, she began to get irritated. See, her sister plopped herself down at Jesus’ feet. She visited, listened, and learned. Martha’s knickers were in a considerable twist; can’t you hear her clicking her tongue? See her rolling her eyes? Martha was DOING all the work, and her lazy sister was offering nothing to the Man of Honor.
Of course, Jesus was there to teach, which was part of his service to mankind. Although Martha may have thought that talents were in serving supper, she wasn’t taking the great opportunity at hand. Mary, on the other hand, happily sat and listened.
We all have our talents. Let’s face it…some of us are darn good at what we do. Today I hope I can slow down a little bit and see what is really needed of me by the person I’m facing. Do I need to “do” or “do less”? How could I make the best use of time…catering to their (perceived) needs or allowing them to serve me with their presence?