Change is difficult, as we all know. And transitions in leadership are perhaps the most difficult of all changes we face. The uncertainty is probably the hardest part.
It is not unlike the transition that took place when Jesus died, was raised and taken up into heaven, at least from the point of view of the disciples. Losing a friend was the first shock, followed by the uncertainty of what was going to happen after that. Jesus word to his disciples included a promise of the Holy Spirit who would guide them. And that Holy Spirit is still with us today, and the promise still holds true today.
It’s easy to forget that Jesus is the head of the body we call the Church and that his Spirit is still among us every day. We are so much like Martha, busy with preparations and arrangements. We want things to work well. We expend a lot of energy to make sure that everything works out well. And when an uncertainty pops up that we can’t control it can really throw us off our mark.
Mary had the right idea. Adequate preparations are important, but obsessing over the details is not. At some point it is time to just sit down at the feet of Jesus and listen to him. There are details that are out of our control and worrying over their outcome only produces anxiety. Mary knew that it was time to sit and listen to Jesus.
So I encourage you to relax, rest at the feet of Jesus and listen to him. Prayer is the mightiest force in the Universe. And most of prayer is simply listening to what the Holy Spirit is saying. Your anxiety will drop (and your blood pressure will drop as well). And by listening to the Holy Spirit you will find the calmness and peace that you need. The result will be that you will be able to think more clearly and rationally. This is the time when clear and rational thought is most needed. That only happens when the anxiety drops. And that happens when you quiet your soul, and listen to Jesus. Mary got it right. Don’t be a Martha.