Sunset framed

Day 156 Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.

I quite like the colours of the sunset in this picture as it has been framed by the trees either side. The natural shapes of the trees give the picture a wonderful shape. The frame prevents us seeing the full picture but sometimes this is a good thing.

Sometimes knowing everything we have to do can be overwhelming. Certainly when I was walking a long distance footpath many years ago, trying to walk thirty five miles a day, which was daunting for an amateur walker. But looking at each days full walk filled me with doubts, but splitting the walk into manageable parts was an easy way to get along this big walk.

There is another analogy where when I am practicing a new piece on the piano, I try to break this into sections so I can get one bit right at the same time.

Jesus also had this same view. He would heal and help those that he met, he didn’t or at least we are not told, about him worrying about projects many days ahead. Those long term goals he prayed for and cast his  concerns onto his Father.

Luke 10:41-42

41 And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” 

Instead of focussing of the immediate, the present, Martha seems to be busying herself about doing many tasks, cleaning, washing up, cooking. These are great tasks to get on with but Mary chosen to focus on what is in the present – Jesus.

When we find ourselves in a situation that may lead us to make rash divisions, to rush tasks or to get busy with things, pause, reflect, and ask Jesus to guide you with his wisdom. His gift is within all who believe in him, the Holy Spirit, and we only have to use Him to give wisdom or to follow the will of God through Jesus.

I will finish with a prayer of St Patrick

Christ be beside me,
Christ be before me,
Christ be behind me,
King of my heart.

Christ be within me,
Christ be below me,
Christ be above me,
never to part.

Christ on my right hand,
Christ on my left hand,
Christ all around me,
shield in the strife.

Christ in my sleeping,
Christ in my sitting,
Christ in my rising,
light of my life.

Christ be in all hearts thinking about me;
Christ be on all tongues telling of me;
Christ be the vision in eyes that see me;
in ears that hear me, Christ ever be.

Amen

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