[too stressed to be blessed]

The title is my re-working of the old adage, “Too blessed to be stressed,” because that is how I have felt lately. Work has been overwhelming. I can’t turn my mind off. No matter what time I go to bed, I feel run-down in the morning. I feel like I am constantly “on,” and this in turn has affected my spiritual life. When I get home after work, the last thing I want to do is sit in front of a computer and do an online devotional that may or may not apply to my life in that particular moment.
Today was a little different, because I felt the need to take some time out and read some sort of Scripture. My mind was filled with everything I had to do, and then some small part of me just said, “Enough. Take some time out.” So during my lunch break, I pulled up Sacred Space Online. This was the passage for today:


“Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.’ But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her(Luke 10:38-42).'”


To make the message even clearer, one of the inspiration points said this:

“When there are many things to be done and time seems short, I pray that I might remember what Jesus says; that I might think like Mary even when I have to act like Martha. “


I’ve totally been a Martha lately. I’ve been so focused on everything I have to do that I really haven’t made time for God, other than going to Sunday Mass. The truth is, when I make time for Him in my life, I feel much more at peace and focused. Right now is no exception. I’m still a little stressed, but my mind is no longer filled with every single thing I need to do. Instead, I’m beginning to focus only on what needs to be done right now before turning my attention to other projects. I needed that reminder today. I need to remember that I’m never too stressed not to take some time out to be reminded of God’s blessings in my life and what He has to say to me.

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