Are you busy all the time? Do you have days where it seems like you do nothing but run around in circles and get nothing accomplished? The truth is that we all have days like this. Our natural reaction is to go and try harder, train harder, or work harder to accomplish our goals. This is our response even to the things that we do for the church in the name of Christ. Yet our normal response is not what is needed.
Most of us have read the story of Mary and Martha. They were two sisters who had completely different reactions to the presence of Jesus. They welcomed Jesus into their house when He entered their village. They probably heard about all of the wonderful things He was doing and witnessed some of these things themselves! After they invited Him into their house, Martha immediately began to serve those in the house, but Mary sat at the feet of Jesus and listened to Him speak. In time, Martha became upset because Mary was not helping her serve the people in the house. Martha appealed to Jesus, asking Him to command Mary to help her serve. Yet Jesus took quite a different route.
Instead of commanding Mary to help Martha serve, Jesus consoled Martha, but made it clear to her that Mary was making the right choice by listening to Him. I am sure that Jesus thought that it was a good thing to serve guests. Yet He made it clear to Martha that, when He is present, we should listen to Him.
In the same way that Martha was so caught up in serving others that she did not spend time with Jesus, so we can get so caught up with the worries and work of our own lives that we fail to spend time with Him. Let me make this clear: If Jesus is speaking, we should be listening. If we fail to do so, we risk falling into the same trap as Martha did.
Today, whether or not you feel like you are running around and going nowhere, stop for a minute and spent quiet time alone with Jesus. It will be the best thing you can do!