Vitamin B for Spiritual Energy
Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” –Matthew 11:28-29
Everyone has heard of the medical Vitamin B! It is a dietary supplement that delivers all eight of the B vitamins including thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, and folate. These vitamins help the body to produce energy and form red blood cells.
Everybody has heard of the spiritual Vitamin B too. In other words, the Bible. But many are not aware that the spiritual Vitamin B is far more effective (than the medical one) in producing energy not just for the body, but for the mind, heart, and spirit.
Want to test that?
Okay, take out your NLTCE Bible translation and read Luke 10:38-42.
As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”
But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Close your eyes for a moment, and move into Martha’s skin. Imagine, like her, you are running all over the place to get a good meal ready for an important guest – you defrost the chicken, cut the tomatoes and onions, boil the rice, open the recipe book, change the gas cylinder (which chose this of all days to get over; life’s like that!), put the soufflé in the refrigerator to chill, then lay the table, not only for Jesus and your sister Mary, but also for the disciples who are gradually dropping in one by one. The last thing you have to see to is the papads because guests love papad with biryani. However, you are so stressed out with the few things still left to be done that instead of putting the raw papads into the hot oil, by mistake you pick up a piece of cucumber fro the salad and put that in the oil which protests with a loud hssss and a splash. Two droplets of boiling oil come on your face, one of them just under your eye.
Thus far, you had kept your resentment under control. But now you lose it (you are in Martha’s skin remember) – you storm out of the kitchen, tears running down your eyes, as you shake the oil spoon at Mary and Jesus. “Hey Lord, don’t You care? This deadbeat sister of mine is sitting like a queen at your feet. Remember, we have no access to ‘home delivery.’ Your disciples are sponges and mooches. No one helps me with the cooking and the dishes. Is this life? Why would I want to know about the Kingdom of Heaven, when the kingdom on earth itself is such a drag?”
You’ve ever had this kind of an outburst, at home, or in a church group, or at the workplace? I know I have, several times. I think of the many times when I feel depleted, toxically depleted. I am all empty within me, I have nothing left to give. So what does Jesus say to me as He sees me standing there with the oil spoon?
This is the point at which you leave Martha’s skin and get into (like wow!) Jesus’ skin. He does not shrug off the resentment as if He cares two figs for it. He says, “Zubi, Zubi (that’s my pet name by the way), I am not offended by what you say, but I want you to calm down and share of the peace that your sister is enjoying right now. Don’t flare up against it, share it. I will certainly enjoy what you have cooked but even if you had not, I know how to multiply loaves and fishes, send ravines with food where there is none. En-joy while we all can, for I may not be with you much longer.”
That’s the art of simplifying Bible reading. You get into the Bible so that the Bible can get into you. If it’s a family Bible study, then each one can expressively read a paragraph or enact a role. Talk in everyday language – and the meaning of what the passage is all about bursts into your midst like a thousand watt bulb. The Holy Spirit and joy of the Lord is all around you, and you palpably feel the presence of God.
This is a way in which you can simplify Bible reading and study.
You’ve consumed the spiritual Vitamin B which is far more effective than Becosules or any other medical Vitamin B, and instant energy has been produced not only in your body, but your mind, heart, and spirit.
Let us face it, each one of us yearns for an antidote to the exhausting drivenness and busyness that cramps our every day. The antidote is to take a few moments off (instead of steaming with resentment and bitterness) … to sit for a calm and unrushed conversation with Jesus.
Try this … after it has worked, write me a ‘thank you’ note :).
-by Zanobia Cardoz