Marthas’ story (2020 version)

Message sent, read but no reply. How does that make you feel?

No matter how busy it gets, if my phone chimes, I try to reply as soon as possible because that’s what I always do .I believe there is an unwritten social treaty that underlies our online messaging interactions. The apparent part of that contract is that certain types of messages demand a timely response. So I was going through the story of Mary and Martha and tried imagining what the conversation would have been like if they lived in this digital realm.

Martha: I sent Jesus a message four days ago and he blue ticked me! 😡

Mary: No, Jesus wouldn’t do that. He wouldn’t ignore I’m sure. Did you check his last seen though?

Martha: Yes I did, but He just doesn’t share His last seen😞. I even updated my status to “Lazarus is dead”.Everyone else in my contact list viewed and reacted except for Him!

Mary: Maybe He viewed incognito. I’m pretty sure He saw the message. He doesn’t ignore messages. He always responds even if He is travelling. The Network Service Provider He uses offers non-expiry, unlimited airtime and data bundles and his phone battery never dies.I’m sure He left everything He was doing and Is on His way here.

Martha: (Agitated, constantly checking her phone) How do you even know? If He was really concerned wouldn’t He have shown up already?Huh?Now , He is a few miles from this town! Even if He isn’t checking His messages I’m sure the news has already reached Him!So why is He taking His time?

Minutes later…(Jesus arrives)

Martha : (crying) Master, if you’d been here, my brother wouldn’t have died. Even now, I know that whatever you ask God he will give you

JESUS: Martha, your brother will rise up from the dead.You don’t have to wait for the End. I am, right now, Resurrection and Life. Do you believe this Martha?

Martha : Yes, I have believed and continue to believe that You are the Anointed Son of God, who was destined and promised and it is for You that the world has waited.But all I’m just saying is you’re four days late! I left several messages on your fone and you ignored them!

How many times have we been like Martha, getting unsettled and impatient waiting on the Lord? You already believe what He is capable of doing but you are being governed by time regiments, the disrepair state of the situation you are in and the awful stench that convinces you no more help can be rendered. How about trusting God to roll away the stone whenever He will show up. Trust in Him to reveal His Glory and expression of his excellence.

He ‘ll definitely show up and show off. He doesn’t blue tick! You might not see His name appearing on the status viewers’ list but there is not a message nor status he misses😊

52 thoughts on “Marthas’ story (2020 version)

    1. Reminds me of this verse..”a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like a day to Him” . .I’m sure when we are busy thinking He is taking ages ..when He now shows up He will be like. .I have been away for a second😁

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  1. Well well well…who do we have here? Upcoming Francine Rivers! Love your imagination and retelling of the same story colourfully and well explained in 21st century terms making it easier to understand!

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  2. What a beautiful analogy!
    I love the part where Jesus says,’TAKE ME TO WHERE YOU LAID HIM’
    and He continues to call us in our moments of desparaton today to take Him to where we gave up so that He can restore us because we don’t have to wait for the end of times.
    He is here now.
    This is one of my favorite stories in the bible.

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    1. Oh my !Princess ,just that phrase is very powerful!

      V34-Where have you laid him?
      V38-He is deeply moved as He approaches the tomb

      He is here now – He is also moved and concerned-It’s time to surrender and give up possession of all that’s been declared dead!Its like a handover ceremony with Jesus presiding over it!

      Thank you for this powerful revelation and insight ❤

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  3. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Thank you, Maureen, for sharing with us the digital version of Martha’s story! You are right when you say that we shouldn’t be getting unsettled and impatient when we wait on the Lord. Instead, we should acknowledge God’s presence and trust in Him to help us.

    I know if Jesus was to appear on social media, everyone would instantly act in obedience and worship Him. What a beautifully, written post by an angel 😀

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  4. Thank you Michael😀

    It’s an intertwined story in that it exposes how we react to social media and the second aspect is about believing

    I’ve made this observation that in this generation our conduct is being shaped on social media and it is becoming so influential that most people have lost themselves and they don’t really know who they are

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    1. Well said! I bet when Jesus comes, people will immediately drop what they are doing and prostrate themselves to the ground. Instead of being surprised by his coming, we should be steadfast and be ready when he comes. 😀

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  5. Very well, whenever we are in misery we remember God. But perhaps he would not even want us to forget our powers and just wait for him to perform miracles. While he will give us the power to fight that situation, and will show some way too. But only when we believe in ourselves. Because there is God in our faith.

    Very good post🙏

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