November is here and fall has arrived! The weather is cooler, the leaves are beginning to change color, and the anticipation of the holidays is building excitement.
This time of year we think about our blessings — blessings that we’ve received as a nation, as a community, as a family, and as individuals. But, this is also a season where busyness can set in and begin to take over. You’re making a grocery list for Thanksgiving dinner, cleaning the house to prepare for family visits, preparing Christmas cards, stocking up on gift wrap, creating gift lists and beginning to brave the dreaded mall parking lot to search for that must-have toy. It’s easy to get caught up in and worry about a long list of things to do, much like Martha in Luke 10:40.
Martha was worrying over the big dinner she was preparing.
Can’t you hear Martha saying, “Well, I would love to sit around and listen to Jesus, but after all, someone has to do the work. This dinner isn’t going to prepare itself!” She was a worrier. I know exactly how she felt because I’m a bit of a worrier too. I like the satisfaction of crossing off an item on my to-do list and feeling accomplished, but it comes at a cost.
Jesus, in effect, said to Martha (and maybe to me and you, too), “You are a wonderful worker, but you are also a wonderful worrier. Don’t worry about things that must get done. You’ll burn out and then you won’t have time for fellowship with Me.”
We have a choice to make. We can worry and let all that busyness interfere with our lives, or we can let God control our time and get more done. Easier said than done, right?!? How will He help us pick up groceries and make the beds? Honestly, it’s about us getting out of the way and allowing Him to be our guide. It’s about trust. So, how do we trade worry for trust?
One thing we can do is to set time aside each day to be still. Rest, yes, truly rest. Spend time with God in prayer. Take time to read your Bible or do the S.O.A.P.Y scripture. It doesn’t matter whether your “quiet time” is the first thing in the morning, while driving in the car to work, or before you go to bed at night. The main thing is to do it! We need to listen with our hearts as God speaks to us through His Word—then believe what He tells us.
How might you turn away from worry and turn toward God this week?