[Jesus]. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what He said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. … “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her. ~
Luke 10:38-42 NIV
Life keeps us busy. Whether working or retired, there are always things for us to do. Providing for our family. Being a good steward of our possessions. Teaching a Sunday School class. Visiting a nursing home resident or a homebound person. Preparing food to share with others. Taking someone to a doctor’s appointment. Raking leaves for a widow. Reading our Bibles. Listening to Christian music. Praying!!!!
We have “Martha activities.” But we also have “Mary activities” — sitting at the Lord’s feet and learning from Him. Learning to balance the two enables us to better glorify God in all we do.
As for planning our day — I think God looks at our to-do list and says, “Your list needs to be edited.” We plan to mow the yard. He has a neighbor who needs a ride to the store. We plan to clean the house. He has a friend who needs to talk about a problem in her life. We plan a shopping trip. He brings a snowstorm so we could spend the day at home reading His Word and praying.
Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. … Instead you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” ~ James 4:13-15 NIV
Interruptions, changes, things we really didn’t want to do — all keep us focused on what God wants us to do every day, which is to bring honor to His Son, our Savior.