Scripture for Today: Luke 10:39-40a “She (Martha) 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.”
We smile at the picture of a distracted kitty or a tee shirt with a pithy saying. But the problem of Attention Deficit Disorder is no laughing matter and a real problem for many children. This disorder can be coupled with hyperactivity, but not always. In any case, the problem can include inattention, impulsive behavior, forgetfulness and the inability to sit still. Those who deal with it as an adult can easily tune others out and only appear to be listening. The potential to be distracted is much higher for someone with this problem.
I am not sure that Martha had ADD but she was certainly distracted in today’s verse. Mary, on the other hand, was very focused on the words of Jesus to the exclusion of all else, much to Martha’s annoyance. Mary could sit there for hours at the feet of Jesus. However, Martha was distracted by the many details of service. Not only was she distracted but worried and upset over many things (verse 41) one of which was her sister’s insensitivity. As important as her work was, Jesus commended Mary for choosing what was better.
I find it difficult to sit quietly at the feet of Jesus and just listen. I am constantly distracted by my own flying unbidden thoughts about what needs to be done next. Of course there is to be balance between reflective devotional time with Him and the necessary tasks of living. But when I pull away to be alone with Him, am I all there?
Lord, help me to focus on You and Your Word today.