DAY 6: I Recognize My Need For Help
You may be wondering why we are taking such a long time to talk about Martha in a passage praised as the prime example of loving devotion for Christ. I actually believe the story is not as much about Mary as it is about Martha. The restlessness and all-pervasive anxiety that we inherited from our great-great-grandfather Adam are still pounding in everyone's chest. In order to become like Mary we first have to acknowledge that we are truly like Martha.
Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3
When Jesus with infinite gentleness and a surgeon's precision uncovered Martha's inner wrestle that night He invited her to join the company of those who enjoyed His presence, who listened to His words and who find true rest for their souls:
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30
I am sure even Martha was surprised by the words that came out of her mouth that night. She, the strong one, the older one, the capable one, the all-sufficient one actually confessed she needed help. Sure, her appeal was slightly misdirected but this should not disguise the fact of the magnitude of that confession. Acknowledging our need for help is the first and foundational step towards rest in Him. He gives grace to the humble.
He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry. As soon as He hears it, He answers you. Isaiah 30:19
Jesus, I confess my need before You.
I can't do this alone. Help me!