Sunday, September 5, 2010

Just "too" Busy

(by R.P.Edwards)

What would we do without maintenance
Keeps us busy…until we decay
A something to fill all our time with
And something…to say
But how sad we neglect what is needful
The tending to care…and to love
With a word…and caress…and a being
And a reaching
To God
Up above

It’s counterintuitive: to do less…in order to do more. 

Maintenance.  Our lives are full of it.  Aside from the job there are myriad other things that cry for our attention: hair, nails, teeth, skin, clothes, house, yard, cars (O, the cars).  And then…we die.  Busy, busy, busy.  And then…we up…and die. 

Jesus got it right (imagine that); when the very busy Martha bemoaned her sister, Mary’s, “dawdling” at the feet of the Master, “the Lord answered and said to her, Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her."

“Only one thing is necessary”  Hmmm.  And…there’s a “choosing.”  To choose…the good part; the necessary part.  To choose to fellowship, communicate with, listen to, spend time with…the Lord.

And yet…we are so busy.  Filling up our hours and days and years in the kitchen, the garage, the yard, the basement; all the while Jesus is patiently waiting; waiting…in the den.

And what brought on this thoughtful entry?  Perhaps the passing of a couple days leisure.  A couple unwritten days that ended without much (alas) maintenance…or…fellowship being done. 

Another scripture comes to mind: “Physician, heal thyself.”

Scriptures (Luke 4:23, and 10:41,42  KJV and NAS) retrieved using  The Bible Gateway 


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