“You are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed”
This chapter followed up the previous chapter in telling us the cure for my worry and distraction, which is ultimately finding that one thing that God wants you to do today and possible forever.
It reminded me of the movie “City Slickers” with Billy Crystal. The movie is about this guy that is in a rut in his job and family, nothing really excites him anymore. He ends up taking this western vacation with his guy friends – to “find his smile”. After some twists and turns in the movie, the rough cowboy says “ There is one thing that is important – what that is depends on you”. We each have to find our “one thing”. In the end he finds his smile and his desire to go on.
Weaver describes it like this on page 60.
“But service was never supposed to be our first priority. Work is not our first order of business – even working for the Lord. In fact, our own efforts are so far down the line when it comes to what God wants that they didn’t even register in Jesus’ conversation with Martha. . . . But regardless of our temperament , regardless of our emotional preference, we are all called to intimacy with God. The one thing Martha needed is the one thing that we need as well.”
So, this is like so many messages I have heard through church and listening to messages online. Even those serving in the church can lose focus and carry too much of a burden. God has called us to ultimately do one thing - sit at his feet and enjoy him. I can only do the "one thing" that God has gifted me with and called me to do. Sometimes I am not sure what that is, but I am learning to listen to that still small voice to here what today's "one thing" is.