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So the shepherds hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:16-19
Reading this portion of the Nativity Story always makes me stop. There’s an abundance of activity surrounding Jesus’ birth. Hundreds of people traveling to Bethlehem for the census, angels appearing with a great company of the heavenly host, shepherds hurrying off to find Mary, Joseph and the baby. Wow! Kind of sounds like the last few weeks we’ve had, right? Shopping and wrapping and baking and fa-la-laing…
And then we come to Mary. A new mother – like many of us. Mary does something different. She treasures up all of these things and pondered them in her heart. Doesn’t that just cut through the rush of activity? Sounds to me like she actually slowed down and reflected on all that was happening.
I’m not good at slowing down. I’m a do-er. I get agitated if I ponder just a bit too long. But, I think it’s a good way to approach life. It’s what God wants for us (remember that whole Sabbath idea?). Maybe it’s a worthy goal to practice getting better at it, if it’s not what we naturally do.
How about you? Do you take the time to treasure up all that is going on around you and really reflect in your heart? Let us know and hopefully we can learn from each other.
The bible records Mary in this reflective state not once, but twice, in Jesus’ childhood. After his birth and again when young Jesus is twelve years old. The story is found in Luke 2:41-52. Jesus and his family have visited Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover and inadvertently left Jesus behind as they left for home. As Mary comes to terms with what’s happened as she learns that Jesus had stayed behind to continue learning at the temple with the other teachers, the bible records that she again, treasured all these things in her heart (vs. 51).
Let us be women that do the same. Let us be women that see our children for whom God has made them to be. And to give that same grace to ourselves. Let us be reflective and responsive in our lives instead of reactionary. Let us take time to quiet our hearts and just be.
Father, we are prone to wander, to rush through life, to prioritize the urgent instead of the important. We fail to slow down and reflect, and hence miss moments in which we can learn, grow and hear from You. Forgive us.
We ask that You prompt our hearts to slow down. Allow us to learn to treasure in our hearts the gifts You give us. Help us to look at our precious children as you see them – without an agenda or time table. To see our husbands, our loved ones, our home, our possessions as gifts from You that should be treasured. And, above all else, let us ponder how much You have given us through your son Jesus Christ.
Thank you, Lord.
On the cusp of 2017, what have you treasured from this past year? What do you anticipate for the new year? Spend some time reflecting upon what God has put in your heart.
Like Mary, treasure all these things.