Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Beauty of Mary and Martha: The Good Portion
This week's Carnival of Beauty visits A Dusty Frame where we gather to discuss the Beauty of Mary and Martha.

I am such a Martha. I can see myself in her the time she invited Jesus into her home. There she is, flapping around "distracted with much serving" and "anxious and troubled about many things", forgetting (choosing to forget?) that the real need in my life is to listen to the teachings of Jesus.

Things must have changed for Martha in her faith and relationship with Jesus when she goes on to confess her faith in him as the Lord and Messiah. In her distress at the death of her brother, Lazarus, Mary and Marth both flap a little, blaming Jesus for not having come sooner. Martha, on hearing that Jesus is coming, goes to meet him while Mary stays at home. When they meet, she declares, "I believe you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world."

As I read through Martha's story this week, I was reminded of how much I am like her, but also that Jesus loved her. I want things to be perfect before going to Jesus, I want to have things sorted, I don't want to bother him with trivialities. Instead I should follow Mary's example and sit at my Lord's feet, listening to his teaching and casting my burdens on him because he loves 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 10:41-42

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At 24 January, 2007 00:39, Blogger Andrew said...

hey k--I'm Drew,I left a comment re: your blog from Nov. 15th '06. I am really inspired by...well, the fact that you, and probably, other women my age like you, with Godly attitudes towards manhood and womanhood and relationships--actually exist! Its a joy to know this, and to know that when God has prepared me, he will guide me to just such a person. Thanks.

At 24 January, 2007 14:24, Blogger Revka said...

Thank you for the reminder that even when we are being Martha, Jesus still loves us and wants us to come to Him. I'm here by way of the carnival.

At 25 January, 2007 04:16, Blogger Lindsey said...

I need to be reminded that no matter how much I am like Martha, Jesus still loves me. Thank you for sharing that aspect of the story. That is something I needed to hear. Here for the carnival ;-)!

At 25 January, 2007 06:13, Blogger Keziah said...

Thanks for coming by! I love the Carnival for the different people I meet and the different aspects of the theme that are brought up.

At 25 January, 2007 06:17, Blogger Keziah said...

Drew - thank you for the encouragement! Be assured that there are many women out there who feel and think the same about biblical manhood and womanhood. Equally it always comes as a relief to the women that there are men who think this way too!


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