Fashion trends seem to go in cycles.
The big shoe. The slender shoe.
Permed hair. Straight hair.
Jeans with flared legs. Straight "skinny" jeans.
I am often slow to sport the latest in anything, but sometime last year I did fit in with the latest style in…purses.
A walk in any mall store would testify to the current wave of BIG purses. Purses you could carry a hat in—well, almost.
My big purse was black with outside pockets; room to store even more.
Because I had the room for every necessity, I filled it with such.
Who knows? I might need a …
Better take this along…..
This fits just right in this section….
The problem was, it was just too much.
Too much weight.
Too much to look through when I needed one item among the many.
Too much bulk.
In a chance moment of sanity, I decided to separate myself from fashion and opt for practicality, simplicity and ease.
With a quick visit to my closet, I found a small bag that I had used years ago to store a 35mm camera and batteries.
With three zippered areas, it was organized in a sensible, no nonsence way.
After taking a good look at what I really needed to carry everywhere, everyday, I chose what I could to fill the modestly sized black bag.
I am pleased to say it has served me well. No longer hindered by fashion’s call, life is a bit easier and less stressful.
This reminded me of something—-
In the book of Luke, chapter ten, Jesus visited the home of Martha and Mary:
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!"
"Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her." (verses 38-42)
Like my choice of a big, bulky purse filled with non-essentials, I am tempted to become distracted by filling my life with the same.
Who knows? I might need to say yes to every volunteer position I am asked to fill.
I’d better take this class and learn how to…..
Joining this group would fit nicely on my only free night….
The problem is, it’s just too much.
Too much emptiness without purpose.
Too much cluttered time when I am trying to find what I am really searching for.
What do I really need?
Time for my family.
Time to consider what is important.
Time to think.
Time to pray.
Time to listen for God’s voice.
Am I filling my life with many things that cause me to be worried and upset?
Only one thing is needed….