A Word from Jesus to the Overwhelmed

‘One dish is better’

I was feeling overwhelmed with all the different projects going on in different domains of my life – home, business and church.

There was a point in the day when it seemed as though life’s stuff was moving in on me, like some big bollard, squashing me into a corner. It was some real heavy stuff… but thankfully there is a big difference to wanting to scream on the train and actually screaming…

Have you never felt like that? No? Okay, I must be weird.

Anyway, I felt like I had to take action to hold it all together, a bit like those violent people that take the kingdom by force.

At times like these I often feel like asking God, ‘Father, don’t you see all these things that are weighing me down? Can I have some help with this please, like, can’t you make it easier by telling me what I should do?’

And so He did.

Later during the evening as I read the story of Martha and Mary I heard Jesus say, ‘Denise, Denise, you are troubled over many things but only one thing is needed.’

A commentator likened this statement to, ‘Martha, Martha, you are making so many dishes when one will do.’

Women, I know you know what I am talking about.

At that point I realised just how much we often complicate our lives with this project and that plan, this aim and that goal, so much so that we weigh down our own lives with more than we can comfortably handle. We do it all the time.

People may have their own take on this and that is okay. But that day God answered the very question I felt like asking Him without me having to ask it.

So, the word to those who feel overwhelmed is that one dish is better. It will enable us the time and focus needed to sit at the feet of Jesus Christ.


Scripture reference: Luke 10:40-42

But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “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.”

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