One Thing Needed

Michelle Christy

Read: Luke 10:38-42

. . . but one thing is necessary. (v. 42)

I had three “littles” running under my feet, a spouse traveling out of town for the week, and a women’s retreat to speak at. I battled distraction and desperation. I begged God for clarity. His response, “Come and sit with me.” “Sit?” I asked. I reasoned why that would not be helpful. Relenting, I moved from my desk to the floor, down on my knees. What happened in those moments was not merely transactional, but deeply relational. The Lord knew what I needed. Disabling distraction has been around as long as Martha of Bethany. When Jesus sees a distracted person, he disciples.

Distracted means over-occupied, dragged in different directions, driven about mentally. Martha finds herself captive to “much serving.” The issue is not her serving, but that her serving dominates. Martha’s distracted desperation questions and blames Jesus. Distraction destroys peace. Jesus’ antidote for distraction is one thing—sitting at his feet, listening to his word. One thing matters. One matters—Jesus. No one and no thing can take away time invested with Jesus. “Neither death nor life . . . nor height nor depth . . . will be able to separate us from . . . Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:38-39).

Is distraction driving you? Choose Jesus and sit at his feet. Exhale the driven distraction and inhale the wonder of Jesus’ word and love: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away” (Matt. 24:35). —Michelle Christy

Prayer: Jesus, we deny distractedness to focus on you!