Pastor Terry Reilly
Creekside Open Bible Church
Luke 2:18-20 All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, 19 but Mary quietly kept these things in her heart and thought about them often. 20 The shepherds went back to their fields and flocks, glorifying and praising God for what the angels had told them, and because they had seen the child, just as the angel had said.
I’ve been taken by a verse inserted smack dab in the middle of the shepherd’s Christmas story in Luke 2. This little gem concerning Jesus’ mother states that in the midst of Jesus’ advent and surrounding circumstances, Mary took time to treasure and ponder all ‘these things.’
- To treasure (kept) means to preserve, keep close.
- To ponder (thought) means to put one thing with another in considering circumstances.
This verse challenges me because Mary had the foresight to observe her present happenings and preserve them so she’d be able to ponder and connect the dots to her future circumstances. While the birth of her son was shrouded in mystery, she didn’t make the mistake of missing her present “Jesus moments” that would bring illumination to future ‘JESUS things.’ Could this be why she called out Jesus at the wedding in Cana? It is easy to misunderstand our future because we don’t take in the now moments of Jesus at work.
As a new season approaches, I sense a clear challenge to not miss what Jesus is doing in our present situation. Be open. Be observing. Take in. Ponder. There is a gracious invitation here to be one who treasures some of the delightful and difficult happenings of this season as you ponder and “connect some dots” for later. Looking forward, maybe some of the mysteries of your recent past will come together. We don’t serve a Lord of the random but one who is smack dab in the middle of whatever we are facing. Jesus invites us to see Him “Working all things together for good (Romans 8:28a) for those who love Him…” You watch, you wait, you’ll see…it will make sense!
Prayer: Lord, teach me to treasure and ponder God moments now for future wisdom. Amen.