The Posture Of Pondering
“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.”
I wonder how Mary felt the night of Jesus birth. She was just a young girl. From the moment Gabriel suddenly appeared to her, her journey to birthing Jesus held promise, hopes, and fears. And, Messiah was finally here. Everything she was told would happen, happened.
Here in Luke 2, we find Mary with a heart postured for ponder. The definition of ‘‘ponder’ means to consider something deeply and thoroughly. Luke 2 says Mary treasured and pondered all that had happened. Later in the chapter in verse 51, Luke says Mary ‘treasured’ all these things.
I wonder what things she pondered and treasured? Perhaps the Old Testament words on the coming Messiah. The angel Gabriel’s sudden announcement to her that she would give birth to the Son of the Most High. Her cousin Elizabeth’s words. The shepherds words. The visit of the Maji.
Perhaps she pondered every new word and developing event leading to this astonishing unfolding of the birth of Jesus. She was young and yet so wise in how she pondered and held the reflections of God’s promises deep to herself.
The truths of Christ are worth keeping safe in our souls through praise and pondering. How often do we run past an answered prayer, a promise fulfilled, or yet even forget we prayed when we finally see the answer?
In the midst of the busy season of Christmas, we pray you will savor the season with us as we reflect on the many wonders of God. We pray you experience Jesus as Emmanuel – who is with us, with you.
James 1:9 (The Msg) urges us, “Ponder and meditate on this Book day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going; then you’ll succeed. Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.”
What’s one way you can make room this Christmas season to ponder the things God has done in your life?