by Linda Veath

“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 it will not be taken away from her. ~ Luke 10:41-42 NIV

My Saturday was planned perfectly. Wash the siding. Trim along the fence. Spray and pull weeds.

But God had other plans. Again.

I had been running at “full throttle” all week. The last three days had been especially hectic. My yard HAD to be mowed on Friday. The siding HAD to be washed ASAP. And house cleaning HAD to be done NOW.

Saturday was to be no different with its own list of HAVE TOs. But I awoke to a cold, windy Saturday in May. Not exactly the kind of day for outside work. I sighed and fretted but finally stopped huffing long enough to hear God speaking to me.

“All those things can wait! Why not spend the day with Me reading your Bible and praying—things you’ve skipped the last couple of days?”

Really, Lord? As I slowly allowed the idea of adjusting my schedule to God’s schedule, sink in, I realized that His plan for my day included a wonderful surprise—time with Him, something my HAVE TOs had pushed aside.

I smiled that day as I fixed a cup of hot tea and settled into my rocking chair for an extended time with my Lord. The other stuff would eventually get done in due time. But this day God helped me choose what was better—time with Him.

Whether trying to do yard work, running after toddlers, going to soccer practice with teens, caring for aging parents, or working long hours to provide for our families, we can rest in the assurance that God knows how busy we are. He cares about us and provides for us. And that includes showing us how we can spend time with Him.

May we all choose what is better in the week ahead.

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