Monday Manna: How To Be a Do & Not a Don’t
Ever had a meltdown? Sure you have. Ever have one in public? Embarrassing. But hopefully, it wasn’t caught on camera, uploaded to YouTube, and watched by millions like our friend Martha’s was.
Martha’s meltdown went viral — but not exactly on the internet or YouTube. No, hers was recorded for all time in the Bible. The Word of God. Talk about embarrassing. And for 2000 years, millions of people have read the account of Martha’s famous meltdown:
Luke 10:38-42 (NLT)
One minute, Martha was Ms. Hospitality. Two verses later, Ms. Meltdown. And today, this snapshot of Martha has become the source of countless sermons with the primary application being: don’t be a Martha.
We can all relate to Martha. We’ve all had days when we were a don’t. But Martha didn’t stay there. And neither should we.
Fast forward to her next encounter with Jesus which occurred several months later and only four days after the death of her brother, Lazarus:
John 11:21-27 (NLT)
We tend to forget about this scriptural snapshot of Martha. The Martha who is so confident in Christ. The Martha who is facing worst-case-scenario circumstances without the slightest hint of a meltdown in the making. The Martha who is a do.
But God didn’t forget. And I believe He included this snapshot of Martha in John’s Gospel so that we wouldn’t forget that He doesn’t just see us when we’re don’ts. He sees us when we’re dos, too. And aren’t you grateful?
It’s Monday. Maybe your Monday got off to a rough start. Maybe your week will even include a meltdown. I hope not. But if it does, precious sister, I hope you’ll do what Martha did. Don’t stay in that snapshot of you as a don’t. Move forward by forgiveness and faith. And when you do, rest assured that your Father will see that beautiful, new snapshot of you. As a do.
Praying for you this Monday, your sister,