Some of you may have seen my post recently on FaceBook about how productive my week was last week….
Last week Ollin was out of school. So, he stayed with my parents while I worked 12 hour days M-W and then we had a 4 day weekend together. It was so much fun and productive! We had 2 play dates, 2 birthday parties, one school picnic, I had 1 girls night, did 8 loads of laundry, wrote 2 blog posts, cleaned the house, grocery shopped, made dinner for this week, helped a friend clean her house, slept until 7:30 all 4 days & wrote over 20 thank you cards and addressed them. So much to be thankful for!!
One more thing, I have a GREAT husband who helped me get some of these things done or took my son on errands so that I could write, clean, etc. When it comes to getting things done, he puts me to shame!
Yet, Will did work the majority of the weekend. So to report that Ollin and I had a great time together while getting many things done around here was a HUGE accomplishment. I even organized his closet! Typically I have over 50 things to do and to get to cross off only a few daily. The biggest thing I got done (and didn’t even include in the list) was write a care plan for our daughter so that China will “soft” match us to her – basically hold her file for us. For months now I have felt as if I have been drowning with all the things on my plate and I can FINALLY say that I feel like I’m now treading water.
However, what I really want to talk about is busyness, “to do” lists, accomplishments verses “Seeking first the kingdom of God”.
Yeah, productivity is great. And it makes me feel good. But at the end of the day why is the person who should be first on my priority list somehow left off completely? John warns us against such pleasures.
“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.” -John 15:4
It seems I have forgotten what is really important. John instructs us to remain in His presence and in the Word. I need to be at His feet daily gaining what cannot be taken away from me instead of working on things that will eventually fade away. Oh, how I need Him more than I know. He waits patiently for me to finish my lists.
Even as we walk through one of the craziest seasons we’ve experienced, I can’t help but see God’s faithful hand in it all. These past 2 months were by far the toughest months we’ve been through so far on this journey. Some days I wanted to give up. I was at my whits end. Most days I didn’t know what I was feeling or how to react. I tried to spend some time “abiding in the Word” and in prayer, but got distracted more often than not.
I have been pondering this story over this past week. It’s the story of Mary and Martha from Luke.
“…Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” -Luke 10:38-42
Daily I need to be reminded of this truth. I need Jesus. And not just to read my bible and check it off the list for the day. But in every high and every low I need praise Him. In this time of beauty, difficulty, and chaos I need to run to Him. This is what my heart truly needs – not the other 25 distractions I think will make me feel better if I get them done first. Although we’re walking through this season of seasons, I want to be one who’s not so distracted with anxiety, “to do” lists, or the pleasures of this world. I pray that I would make time to sit at his feet and choose the “good portion” which will not be taken away from me.
Be encouraged as you read this today. You are not alone. God is orchestrating the story of our lives if we only let Him. Reflect on your own life and ask yourself, despite circumstances, have you chosen the “good portion” which will not be taken away from you? I pray for you and I both today that we would choose the “good portion” and seek first His kingdom to yield fruit as we remain in Him.