Life completely changes the moment you hold your child in your arms for the first time. In a whirl wind, the days go by, and years faster then you could ever imagine. In just a few weeks, my baby, my first, will be 14 years old. Again and again I ask, where did the time go? The moments I lost, the years, I can never replace. From being lost into the drug scene while he was small, to being so busy in life while he grew...that I lost some of his most important moments in his life.. I can never have these back. The last few years, God has taught me to truly cherish my children as I have never done before. I loved them with all my heart, but still, until I accepted Christ into my heart, did I truly realize what they needed. The love that my Father gave to me, I needed to pass to my children..to give them TIME. Time to sit and have that cup of tea with my daughter. Time to sit and look at my sons lego creations. Time to sing praises as my daughter learned to ride her big girl bike last week. Time to watch my son do new tricks on his scooter. Before, I would have been the one to wave my hand, and say,"Not right now, Im too busy." "I cant right now, I need to work." "Not right now, Im exhausted, its been a long day." Over extended and children missing out on their mom. I was there..but not there.
There is a story similar to this in the Bible. The story of Mary and Martha. Martha, busy, running around, trying to get food ready, clean,etc. Mary, sitting at Jesus' feet listening raptly to what He has to say. Mary, frustrated, and flustered, goes to Jesus--"Lord, don't you care anything about how much work it takes to feed all of you? The least you can do is tell my sister to help me." Jesus looked at Martha with understanding and said," Martha, Martha, you are helpful to everyone in need and you're going to great lengths to feed us and make us comfortable. But there are more important things then food and comfort. Mary came to me because she recognizes her need. She has chosen the right thing. What I am telling her will help her the rest of her life." Luke 10:40-42(partial of 40)..
The story hits to home on life, on parenting, on our relationship with Christ. We can become so consumed with everything around us, preparing,working, trying to give all that we can...and there isn't much left to give to our own children..or our Father in heaven. He beckons us to come, spend time with Him..but we wave our hands and say, "not right now, God, I am so busy." "Not right now God, Im so tired, its been a long day."
Martha could never have those moments she lost while Jesus was here on this earth.. I bet she regretted many times the moments she could have had with Him before He died, but was so busy cooking and cleaning..and missed out on the real food needed. The bread of life. I know, someday in heaven, I will see her, like Mary, sitting at Jesus' feet, listening raptly to every word He has to say...no longer hurrying about, busy with life.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33