Apr 25, 2010

Who am I?

I often put myself in various scenes to imagine who would I have closely resembled in terms of the character or attitude.

In the case of Mary and Martha who invited Jesus to their home, Mary simply sits at Jesus's feet listening to Him while Martha is doing all the chores around the house and ends up complaining about Mary to Jesus asking him to tell her to come and help her with the chores...

I would compare myself to Martha more than Mary. Yes, I would often imagine if Jesus is to visit us, if I knew it ahead of time, I would be prepared making sure all cooking/cleaning is done before His coming. If it is an unexpected visit, I would make him sit at the kitchen table while I continue to cook different items while chatting with him too. If I had a Mary like sister who didn't help but got all the time with the Lord, sitting in the living room and chatting away to glory, I wouldn't have liked it much.

When you think about it, Mary truly loved the Lord so much that she didn't care for anything else and just wanted to spend time with Jesus. Martha also loved the Lord that she wanted to make Him the best food, set the best table, serve Him the best drink, appetizers, snacks, desserts etc.  In this account Martha is ridiculed by the Lord. I believe it is because of her "complaining" and not so much for the errands.
 
In another account, Ruth and Orpah are daughters-in-law of Naomi and their husbands are no more, Naomi decides to go back to her birth place saying good bye to her daughters-in-law. Orpah kisses her and leaves Naomi while Ruth decides to stay with her. I would have been more of Orpah than Ruth. I would have prefered to return to my parents, my home and my family.

If I were Eve and got to taste a yummy fruit I wouldn't have been any different from Eve; I would have surely given it to Israel to try it too...

If I were among the ten lepers that got healed, I would have been the one that returned to thank the Lord.

Not always right, not always perfect, but can't help "being" me - just me...

4 comments:

A said...

Once again nice write up. Because I don't have enough knowledge, I cannot agree/disagree with your comparison with Martha.

But I learned something new today :)

NRIGirl said...

Thanks, A!

Y L said...

I think you would be a Martha

but I am not sure you would have been Orpah or Eve.

your tender heart and the love for your husband and also your knowledge about the God of Israel would not have allowed the poor old lady to travel to her country all alone and to turn back to the gods of Moab.

also I do not think that you would have disobeyed God's command.May be I would have disobeyed, but not you.
may be I would have been an Eve or Martha but never an Orpha

stranger said...

Nice post, thought provoking. Who will I be of these characters..only time can say coz I am unpredictable...

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