From Luke 10 in The New Living Amplified Paraphrased King James Watkins Version:
“Mary! Mary! I need some help in the kitchen!” Martha glared at her sister who was sitting in the living room with their guest.
“In a minute,” Mary said, without moving.
Martha glanced over her “To Do” list which was artistically penned on home-made paper with ink made from crushed cultivated grapes.
☐ Trim myrtle shrubs into the shape of the twelve disciples.
☐ Float apricot, pomegranate, and Sharon tulip petals in cistern.
☐ French braid donkey’s tail.
☐ Arrange spices in alphabetical order beginning with anise.
☐ Carve wooden bowl in shape of the sea of Gallilee. Float matzah balls shaped like fishing boats in the soup.
☐ Field dress lamb. Hand polish mint leaves to be used for the sauce.
☐ Macrame napkin rings from bulrushes.
☐ Make Jell-O from cow hooves.
Martha was famous throughout Bethany for her home-decorating and party-planning. Now, the most respected teacher in all Palestine, along with his twelve disciples were the guests, and her sister, Mary, had not even set out the hand-painted plates that Martha had just take out of the kiln.
So, being distracted by all the preparations that had to be made, Martha came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better . . . and that’s a good thing.”
Copyright © James N. Watkins
As you face this week, what are you worried about? Is it the most important thing?