As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 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 only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
It’s hard to sit down and it’s even harder to time out to reflect on life. Like Martha I think all of us get caught up not just in the busyness of life but life just happens. It does.
And when life happens we come face to face with decisions that we must make and as much as I’d love things to be in black & white, life is more shades of gray then it is white. My colleague Pat wrote that she saw life as colourful and as much as I agree with her that it is when it comes to decisions in life things can be quite gray. It’s harder to make decisions once you realise that people matter and balancing it with what you wanna see happen is a delicate thing. I don’t claim to be a saint but I know I try my best and even in having the best of intentions things can still mess up. After all the road to hell is paved with good intentions is it not? I’m digressing.. let’s get back to the topic at hand shall we?
I’ve written about this many, many times but I can’t begin to describe the sanity & peace I find in the quietness of the mornings just reading the Bible and talking to God in my head & heart. When I’m spending time with Him my thoughts settle and whatever struggles I have seem much lighter in the Presence of the One who loves me very much. I know God does not spare me trouble and He definitely does not spare me the privilege of making decisions but it’s scary how many times I have blundered. I pull through only by grace at times, sometimes it’s by my own ingenuity but I am finding that my human wisdom gets me into more trouble rather that it does good. Argh!
It’s important to reflect on life, really important. A word of warning though, there is a difference between reflection and self-bashing though. Too much inwardness causes us to just feel like crap but I believe that true reflection gives insight; which when put into practice can lead to really good things. Reflection alone doesn’t help though cos’ there’s another ingredient that’s needed in the mix. What is it you ask? Well, reflection when coupled with patient waiting makes a world of difference in life. I find my impatience to be horrible and God has had to teach me many times that prayer is all about God working in His timing rather than mine and that while things don’t seem to be moving they actually are. In my impatience I have blundered a lot. The good news is that hard knocks have taught me more than my successes which is ironic.
What is the point of this post? Well, I think I just wanna share to everyone that it pays to spend time in reflection. Going go go go all the time isn’t healthy. In fact by being on the go all the time we may end up in places we don’t really want to be. All because we didn’t stop to take stock and to think or to seek for divine guidance. I don’t claim to have learned this lesson fully cos’ I’ve just made a recent blunder in acting too soon in something but I know that I’m learning it bit by bit. Patience isn’t natural to us humans, in fact it’s quite an unnatural thing for us to not act when it comes to wanting results.
In closing I’d like to round up today’s post with 3 simple words.
Stop. Pause. Reflect.
Think about it.