As I wrote this (yesterday), my husband and I were relaxing in our backyard in our new “bed under the stars”. We bought it, obviously, to lie on and enjoy the stars at night, one of my favorite things to do. Relaxation is needed. My body is begging for it. I haven’t been writing much lately. This is for many reasons. Mainly, I haven’t been feeling well.
Exhaustion is the only word I can use to describe how I have been feeling. I think there are many reasons for this. I am sensitive. I am intuitive. I sense other peoples’ energies. I am an introvert living in an extraverted society. All of these thing are exhausting.
I remember one time my aunt was talking about being tired. She said: “That’s when the devil gets in.” Call it the devil. A Course in Miracles would call it the ego. Whatever it is, she was right.
It’s harder to be in tune to God and your surroundings when you don’t feel good. It is more difficult to make good decisions about what you eat, what you say, what you think, and how you act.
When you feel like you are barely getting through your day, looking for and feeling the subtleties of God feels like a privilege for the lucky ones. It feels like it is for people who wake up feeling good with energy to take on the day. Isn’t that ironic? The exhausted need God more than ever.
Sometimes feeling exhausted can also be a gift. It can force us to reevaluate, to sit back, to take inventory of our lives, to contemplate what is really important.
I posted something on my Facebook page yesterday about the story from The Bible of Mary and Martha. Martha was rushing around with household chores, while Mary was at Jesus’ feet listening to the word of God:
Luke 10:38-42New International Version (NIV)
At the Home of Martha and Mary
38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 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!”
41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[a] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Wow, I really can relate to Martha, but I long to be like Mary. I need to re-focus on the only thing that is important. God never left me, not for one second. Now I come back to him and connect with Mary.
Thank you God for this post that Baker Memorial United Methodist Church put on Facebook yesterday about distractions and the story of Martha and Mary. It came from you, and I have received it well. The things I thought were important aren’t. They mean nothing. Only your love is real, and that is the only thing I want.
Please feel free to comment below on whether you feel you are Mary or Martha! 🙂
Peace, Love, and Mary,
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