Five Minute Friday — Visit

It’s Friday and I’m actually getting around to writing on the Five Minute Friday prompt! Of course, there is some billing to be done and other sundry office tasks … but it’s late enough in the day to wait until tomorrow. So I’ll take the time to join my fellow writers at FMF with a post.

As our moderator Kate Motaung so aptly pointed out, this exercise is “in a nutshell, We write. Free and fast, in five minutes flat.” Check out some incredible writing at Kate’s place (http://katemotaung.com/2015/02/26/five-minute-friday-visit-plus-a-video-interview-a-free-e-book/). You won’t be disappointed.

This week’s prompt is VISIT. The timer is set, so let’s GO

My admittedly second thought was Jesus’ visit to the home of Martha and Mary (Luke 10:38-42). I wasn’t there {honest} but from what I’ve read, Mary was hanging on Jesus’ every word while Martha was busy in the kitchen. I’m not commenting on the spiritual or scriptural validity of the story, but the reality of a visit.

Jesus was at the house visiting His two aspiring disciples. The key word is visiting. I don’t think He particularly was there to teach {although who knows?}. He was visiting. He was talking with his hostesses and Mary was being a good hostess. Martha, on the other hand, was busy flitting here and there and getting annoyed her sister wasn’t helping. Or at least that’s the way the story goes.

Well, we’ve all been there as hosts and visitors. I can’t speak for Jesus {who would or could?} but I think I would have sided with Mary. She was engaged in conversation. She played the part of the hostess. Martha, meanwhile … STOP

… was too busy worrying about the cooking, cleaning, and background than spending time with her guest. I even checked out my Bible and found my hand-scratched note in the margin, “an example of doing all the groundwork and missing the show.”

When we were first married, Karen was a Martha gal whenever we had visitors. She would excuse herself to check on the hors d’oeuvres or fill glasses with tempting treats. She would bounce up and down like a yo-yo. And she missed out on the conversation and left me , who admittedly am not a conversationalist, to entertain our guests. Picture lots of awkward pauses. Eventually, we got on the same page. Moving from the living room to the kitchen became an exception rather than the rule.

That’s the take on visits. It’s extending our time to, well, actually visit with our guests … hold a conversation or two … catch up … plan … share.

Well, that’s what spilled out from the gray matter this week. More important, what does a visit mean to YOU! Does all the preparation and entertaining frazzle you like Martha? Or do you enjoy the “show” like Mary?

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Don’t be afraid of this softening process God’s bringing you through. It’s not because He doesn’t love you; it’s because He does. It’s not because He’s finished with you. It’s because He’s starting something brand new.

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I'm just an ordinary guy walking along the journey of life.
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2 Responses to Five Minute Friday — Visit

  1. Gayl says:

    “Moving from the living room to the kitchen became an exception rather than the rule.” I love that! I used to be more of a Martha person, but I really try hard now to be a hostess and have conversations and people do end up in or near the kitchen. It makes me happy.

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