Oh Martha, come to the table and dine with Jesus.
In Luke 10 Jesus entered the home of Martha and Mary. Martha quickly became overly occupied and distracted from Jesus as she prepared to serve him. She ridiculed her sister Mary for sitting with Jesus and approached Jesus saying "Lord, can you please tell my sister to help me serve?” Jesus simply replied that she was anxious and troubled about many things but Mary had chosen the good portion to her advantage which would not be taken away.
How many times do we become overly busy? We can become so occupied with tasks that we don’t make room in our schedule for sitting with Jesus. We prioritize household chores, school, careers and even other people over the “good portion”. Mary knew that work would always be there but seized the opportunity to sit with Jesus.
Jesus is inviting us to come and feast at his table. He is inviting us to fellowship with him and be filled with his portion that never runs dry. This is how we gain our strength. The Proverbs 31 woman (Proverbs 31:10-31) was esteemed due to do her reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord. The pure reason that she was virtuous and excellent was due to her spiritual relationship with the Lord and not the particular works that she did.
We have an inner longing to retreat back to God and be in his presence. There is nothing like the sweet feeling of his Holy presence. This longing is the very root of self care and something we should not only prioritize but value highest above all things. When He presses to spend time with you simply come to the table and enjoy.
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 30:41 NKJV