Scripture for Today: Luke 10:40 “But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to Him and asked, “Lord, don’t You care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me.”
I like the idea of the Director having his own personal chair. It is elevated to be above the others and the role is clear. The director directs. He tells everyone else what to do. The first known use of the word “director’s chair” was in 1953 on a movie set. But the design of the chair can be traced to the fifteenth century.
In today’s verse, it would seem that Martha would be the most likely to have a chair like this. She is overworked and overwhelmed with preparing the meal for a houseful of guests, including the Lord Jesus. She is not sitting like her sister, Mary, enjoying her most important guest. Instead, Martha is standing and distracted by all the work. Even so, she does not hesitate to direct Jesus. Martha tells Jesus what He should do to show His care for her.
It seems a bit audacious of Martha to direct Jesus. But I find that sometimes in my prayers I do the same thing. In approaching the Lord with my request, I will direct Him on the best way to answer me. When He does not do it my way, I can doubt His care. If I really want to understand just how much He cares for me, I need to drop what I think is so important and sit at His feet. When I do, I am less likely to try to direct Him.
Lord, help me to get down from that chair and allow You to direct me today!