“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10: 41-42
Unlike the unsuspecting boys in my house, Jesus knows exactly what is going on with Martha. But His mercy and compassion allow Him to diffuse the time bomb more expertly than the most highly trained bomb squad ever coming out of the FBI. With a few words, he cuts the right wire and the clock stops ticking, leaving Martha exposed, but in a manner, that induces self-reflection rather than resentment and humiliation.
I can almost see Him, His voice filled with love, saying her name: “Martha, Martha…” I imagine Jesus putting his hand gently on Martha’s arm as He speaks to her. I imagine the sound of His voice having an instantaneous calming effect on Martha’s agitated heart. “Martha, Martha…” I don’t hear the slightest hint of reproach in His tone. All I hear is His love and concern for the soul and character of one of His beloved.
I also hear understanding: “you are worried and upset about many things…”
Jesus knows about all our struggles. He knows our sinful nature. He knows all about our insecurities. He knows all about our hurts. He knows if we are worry-warts. He knows if we are easily offended. He knows when we are upset. He knows when we cry ourselves to sleep at night. He knows when we wake up shaking in fear. He knows when we can’t make ourselves get out of bed. He knows when we tremble in terror. He knows when our hearts can’t take another hit. He knows when we are all out of tears.
Not only does He know, but He cares. And in His love for us, He shows us the way. He shows us the answer. And the way, and the answer are always His presence. Seeking His presence is the only thing that can heal us completely: heart, mind, soul, spirit and body.
May the Holy Spirit allow us to continue exploring this passage some more next time, so He may clearly reveal the answer.