The Upper Room 11 February 2024 Devotional: The Better Part
Read and Study Today’s The Upper Room Daily Devotional for February 11th, 2024 Message written by Patsy D. Fields (South Carolina, USA). God bless you as you study today! Please share with your friends and loved ones.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Who do I need to be today — Mary, or Martha?
Jesus said, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things, but few things are needed — indeed only one. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.” – Luke 10:41-42 (NRSVUE)
After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in December 2016, I was unable to carry out my usual physical activities on many days. I have neuropathy from the ribs down, debilitating fatigue, muscle spasms, and pain.
For a while I felt useless and lonely. I wondered if my best days were behind me.
Then I read the story of Mary and Martha. Martha was frustrated that Mary wasn’t helping her with the preparations for hosting Jesus and his disciples in their home. Jesus calmed Martha, saying that Mary was exactly where she needed to be — with him. That scripture helped me to see that even in times of incapacity, I could still be useful — even productive. I began to relinquish control and began sitting at the feet of Jesus, loving him and feeling loved by him. While I was incapacitated, God helped me to grow in my faith by leading me to read my Bible and to engage in other devotional activities.
In the years since my diagnosis, I have found a way to continue working full-time at the local community college. I’m also able to foster dogs and volunteer with several local fundraising events.
I am comforted to know that Jesus is always with me and can use me at all times to serve him, no matter my physical capabilities.
Lord Jesus, comfort us with your love when we feel useless or alone. Thank you for walking beside us. Amen.
To grow stronger in faith