Saturday night, I was washing dishes; I was already exhausted from working all day, and I just wanted to get it done. Rob came in from working in the garage to ask me for a drink of water, and my first reaction was to be really annoyed. Couldn’t he see I was surrounded by pots and pans? But I repented and got him the water with a cheerful heart (only by God’s grace and the prompting of the Holy Spirit). Rob told me he could see I had just mopped the floor and so he didn’t want to walk into the kitchen with his dirty boots–so he was actually trying to serve me.
I remembered the message I had been listening to earlier in the day by CJ Mahaney on marriage and CJ’s reminder that our marriages serve as a picture of Christ and the church. My response to my husband ought to be cheerful, respectful, immediate, submissive–just as the church ought to respond to the Lord. What I am already doing (the dishes) is not more important than serving my husband, even if I am already serving in some other way.
That thought led me to question my response to the Lord. Am I busy, like Martha, doing what I think is most important, or am I sitting at His feet, like Mary, drinking in His words, and finding out what His will is? Do I obey Him cheerfully when He asks me to do something that wasn’t in my plan for the day?
I have a long road to walk in both areas, but I know God is faithful and will finish the good work He has begun in me.
Thank You, Lord.