Monday, January 2, 2012

A Mother's Ponderings





Scripture

But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.
(Luke 2:19 NASB)
And His father and mother were amazed at the things which were being said about Him.
(Luke 2:33 NASB)
And He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and He continued in subjection to them; and His mother treasured all these things in her heart.
(Luke 2:51 NASB)

Observation

Mary had been told what kind of baby she would be carrying but the reality of that was far beyond her wildest imagination. Day by day she cared for this little boy and many a day he was an ordinary boy and yet there were moments when he was extraordinary. Mary seems to soak it all in. She doesn't try to explain it away, but rather, by faith she thinks, she ponders, she is amazed and she treasurers in her heart the things she sees and hears.

Application

There are times in our walk when we should also simply ponder. Too often we want the answers right now. It would take years for Mary to see the full story of her some come to fruition, and yet, along the way, she didn't write him off, but continued to have faith.

It's the New Year and there are many who want to make predictions about the future and what is going to happen in this year. Predictions of the future are often based on past track record. Eventually Mary's prediction that Jesus could do something about the wine problem at a wedding was based on the things that she had pondered in her heart during past experiences.

We may not understand all that is happening around us but God does. May we take time in this new year to ponder the things that we experience and learn to see the hand of God in the ordinary.

Prayer

Lord, thank you for the moments each day that simply inspire awe -- and ponderings. Amen.

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