So it’s been a minute since my last post. Life has been CRAZY. It’s been crazy busy, crazy trying, crazy good. I’ve done a lot since March. Let’s see, I’ve spoken at multiple Ladies events and had a great time doing so, God showed up at each event for sure. In April Shane (my husband) ripped ligaments in his ankle and was in a walking boot for 8 weeks which resulted in him being on disability at his work. That was very -very trying. I went on a Missions trip to El Salvador – it was AMAZING! We went on vacation to Orlando, that’s always fun. My youngest brother who has Down Syndrome, had open heart surgery, I’ve passed a kidney stone, and i’ve dealt with my 4 year old having Kidney problems of her own. In just the past 4 weeks i’ve been involved in a school outreach, Karter turned 1, I spent a weekend doing a girls lock in with our youth department, I played a big role in our Churches Kids Crusade, and hosted a Birthday party for my sons 1st birthday. I did all of that while being a mom to a 4 year old and 1 year old, a wife, a worship pastor, music teacher, and business owner.
I said all that to say this, sometimes we can be too busy. I’m one who has always said i’d rather be busy than board, and i’ve always been one who has had a hard time telling folks no, but I have to ask myself sometimes “Ok Whitney, what is keeping you so busy, is it God or is it you”. I am reminded of the passage of scripture found in Luke 10 when Jesus comes to the home of Martha.
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. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
So many of us are like Martha we are Christians and love the Lord but we keep our lives so busy that sometimes we neglect his presence . Sometimes we are so busy being mom, wife, coach, pastor, speaker, housekeeper, lunch maker, teacher that we forget to embrace His presence.
I truly feel that “busyness” is a tool that the enemy uses to distract us away from God’s plan, purpose, direction, and presence. If the enemy can keep you busy long enough you may no longer have time for the presence of God. The Bible also warns us about being too busy. “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”-Ephesians 5:15-17
Just like Martha, sometimes we can get whiney when we are busy. We can get whiney even if we are busy doing ministry. Sometimes we get so busy trying to fill a calendar with events or trying to do the latest greatest thing in ministry that we forget why we even do ministry and that is to expand His Kingdom and to WORSHIP Him. Lord, don’t let us get so busy serving and doing that we forget to embrace His presence.
So the next time you go to mark a party, an event, a lesson, a trip on your calendar think about it, pray about it. Don’t get so caught up up in busyness that you forget God and His presence. Just like Jesus did with Martha, He is willing to come out of his way to be in your presence- don’t be too busy that you don’t recognize His desire to be with you.
Remeber- JOY COMES IN THE MORNING.