How many times have we been so overwhelmed, consumed, and busy to sit down?
Sistah, last weekend, I was in Indiana – celebrating my Aunt’s 80th Birthday (praise God for life) and someone said to me, “girl, sit down you’re just too busy.” (And she pinched my cheeks like a dang baby, but that’s not why I’m writing – inserts eye rolls here) In the moment, I didn’t take into consideration that statement that was made, but on my car ride home when I had time to reflect I remembered (perhaps the Holy Spirt brought back to my memory) my busyness.
So, as I drove I said to myself (in my Brown voice: my self said huh?!) am I truly busy? Have I been moving so much? And Sistah, yes I have! I was moving so much and too much that I was missing out on precious moments in my own life. So, you say, what makes or causes busyness? How about the idea, that we are the only ones who can get the job done. How about the spirit of perfectionist? Oh and please don’t forget the I’m out here making a Dream for myself. I’m achieving goals. Now Sistah, don’t get me wrong – I’m not trying to stop no hustle or grind, but I am looking to encourage you to take it one step at a time and let God lead you – let God take the wheel.
Guess what, Sistah, so many times I’ve heard folks says, “anything you need to know is in the Bible”…so, I picked my brain about any scripture that speaks upon busyness annnnnddddd I found the story of when Jesus went to visit with Martha and Mary.
Here it goes…(this is told from my point of view – it’s what I like to call Kristina-ology. Yes, I made that all the way up! Now don’t steal it.
Jesus was entering a village on His way to Jerusalem. While in this village, Martha, greeted Him and welcomed Him to her home. Her sister name was Mary and at the home as well. When Jesus arrived to their home, Mary sat at his feet (I believe this was because Mary recognized Jesus) and listened to Him teach. Yet Martha the one who invited Jesus was so distracted and busy – trying to perfect the atmosphere, the food, and whatever else. Since Martha was sooooo B U S Y and what seem like Mary wasn’t helping she complained to Jesus, saying, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” (Luke 10:38-40 NLT) So, Jesus replied, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Matt has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41-42 NLT)
Sistah, you ask, what am I really trying to say? Thanks for asking…all I’m saying is that we are like Martha so busy focused on the perfection and details of a life, of events, and of schedules that don’t belong anything to us. Jesus wasn’t eager to eat with Mary and Martha (now I’m quite sure he was hungry – seeing as He was on his way to Jerusalem) but his initial intention is soul saving! Mary set aside her busyness for the pure moment to enjoy Jesus while He was yet amongst her. Martha on the hand missed it all. She missed the precious moment of the here because she was too worried and focused on the what’s to come whether it had been dinner or anything.
So, Sistah, I ask…are you too busy? The Bible teaches in Psalm 46:10a, to be still and know that I am God” how will we ever know that He is God, if we are never still? How can we ever exalt the Lord and reflect of His Righteousness if we are always too busy. Imagine if Jesus came to earth and the entire time He was physically here He was too busy. Too busy, to heal the sick, too busy to raise the dead, too busy to feed the hungry, too busy to gather disciples, too busy to give sight to the blind, or too busy to cast out demons.
All I’m saying Sistah, is remove some of the junk from our calendars and make time to sit in the moment. Being in the present and sitting in the moment is time with God. It’s in the moment that we clearly hear a WORD from God. It’s in the moment that we find restoration (God can reveal…in the moment). Long lived the days of being #bookedandbusy and now live the days of being #momentliving
Sistah, tomorrow is not promised to us! So, we must enjoy today and the moments that it may bring!