One Thing is Needed
by Danna Appleby
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After three years of designing my website, my dear friend broke the news to me that she must cease from her labors. As much as she regretted having to make the decision, she had no choice due to her husbandís condition. It was understandable, but at the same time managing without her skilled hands was going to be difficult.
Because I have no website training, I searched the internet hoping to find a company easy enough to use. After spending two weekends using several free trials, I decided that I had no choice but to use one of those. It was evident that I would have to give up my present website, therefore losing all previously posted articles. It was so overwhelming that by the time the two weekends were over, it was almost a relief to go back to work on Monday.
On Sunday of the second weekend, I got up early as usual for prayer and study. It wasnít long before I began pouring my heart out to the Lord about my situation. He ever so gently reminded me of a story about Martha and Mary from Luke 10:38-42.
In this passage, Jesus and His disciples came to a village where Martha and Mary lived and Martha invited them into their home.
It appears that Martha was quite the homemaker and must have been bubbling over with the gift of hospitality. As she went about her tasks, she noticed her younger sister was not offering to help her. Its apparent Martha felt as if she was left to do all of the work while arrangements for a meal needed to be made. Canít you just see steam coming out of Marthaís ears as she sputtered around the kitchen?
When Martha saw her sister sitting at the feet of Jesus she became even more agitated. After all, there were hungry travelers to feed, but Mary was content to calmly sit there hanging on to His every word.
Didnít she realize there was work to be done? How could Mary do that to her?
Finally, Martha had had enough and went to tell Jesus. His answer was surprising:
ď. . . Martha, Martha . . . 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.Ē (Luke 10:41-42)
Sitting and looking intently into the lovely face of Jesus was more important to Mary than worrying about ordinary things. Worshipping her Lord meant more. After all, the Master was there and it wasnít every day He came through their village. Mary viewed her time with Jesus as precious and was determined to hear His words. Itís apparent that Martha saw things from a human standpoint, but Mary saw things from the spiritual.
It took only minutes for me to get the message. I saw that if I would worship the Lord first and always depend on Him for my every need, He would take care of everything.
Another passage spoke to me about worry because I had sure done my share of it.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Mt. 6:34
Suddenly, I felt a prayer arise: ďLord, havenít we had a lesson on worry at another time? I have fallen back into my old mold. Help me once again.Ē
Later that day as I sat in church tears welled up in my eyes as I opened my Bible to Proverbs 16:3:
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
Three days later, I was on the elevator leaving my job for the day. It was a miracle that no one got on with me even though it was 5:00 p.m. All of a sudden it came to me so sweetly that I should keep my original website. I remembered the beautiful web pages my friend so lovingly prepared out of her devotion to the Lord and because she believed in my ministry. Overwhelming feelings of excitement, peace and relief swept over me.
That night, a Scripture that has resonated in my spirit for months now came back to me:
ď. . . He will guide you into all truth.Ē
The Holy Spirit will guide us when we donít know which way to go. When you feel His prompting, know that He is leading you. Let that soak into every fiber of your being.
The next day I arose with a thankful heart praising God for His goodness to me.
All the concern over a website may seem senseless to some, but for me itís important to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ in any way possible, whether that be through e-mail or website. Through these means, the message may reach someone somewhere I cannot go.
Prayer: My dear Father, the One who cares so much for our every need, thank you for showing us in your Word that only one thing is needed and that is to worship You first and that all things will fall into place. Everything else will grow so strangely dim when we begin to worship you knowing that you will take care of everything. Thank you for revealing those things when the way is not clear. Your Word is life and I am in awe of your divine Word that speaks so tenderly. To Him who sits on the throne I give all praise and glory and honor and blessing. Amen.
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