Instead of partaking from a sideboard of fancy entrees, Jews usually ate out of a large common bowl place in the middle of the table. Guests would break off pieces of bread and dip them in the soup or broth. Jesus may have gently reminded Martha that her overdone effort in preparing a multitude of dishes was keeping her so busy in the kitchen that she was missing out on the real "food" the real "life " of the party...
"Only one thing is needed" - and that is found in true fellowship with him.
For he, after all, is the Bread of Life, the Living Water, the only "dish" we need. He wants to change our hearts and empower our lives. He wants us to find the great freedom of Luke 10:42.
I cannot do everything , but I can do "one think."
I cannot meet every need, but I can respond in obedience to the need the Spirit lays on my heart.
I cannot carry every load, but I can carry the load God has for me.
For his yoke, indeed , is easy , and his burden is truly light.
P. 62-3 Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver
Her blog is HERE
Here is her new book too.. .
I found this a good word for this season of the year!!