But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
Today's Reading: Luke 2:19 (NIV)
Words can not describe the joy in my heart when my wife and I saw the test read “pregnant.” There were shouts of joy, happy tears, and words of excited surprise. As we’ve navigated most of this COVID season watching our daughter grow, anticipating her coming, that amazement has settled into something so much sweeter. With each passing day, a deeper sense of gratitude grips my heart, causing me to soak in and hold on to these sweet moments more and more. And as I do, I reflect on how God has brought us to this point in our journey.
In Luke 2:19
, we see a young mother’s heart that has found herself in a similar experience of deep gratitude and joy. A group of shepherds are marveling over a baby in a manger that the angel told them they’d find, and after leaving their flocks and traveling what may have been miles, they are struck with amazement and awe. But Mary had something else going on in her heart:
“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart” Luke 2:19 (NIV)
Certainly, the journey that led Mary to that moment in the stable was not easy. An angel had appeared months before telling her that she, a virgin, would bear a child that would be the long-expected Messiah. Imagine the looks of judgment and harsh words Mary must have surely endured from her family and friends as her child grew in her womb. Now, sitting in the least-expected place for a King to be born, she stared into the face of God’s promise to her. Everyone else was amazed at the sight, but she treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.
There’s a special gratitude that comes over us when we are able to recognize God moving in our lives. It’s a humbling, deep contentment that causes us to stop and ponder how He has brought us to this place. It helps us to not just be thankful for the blessings but treasure them and the One who made it possible. I’ll admit that this year has been harder than most for me to do that well. Perhaps the same is true for you.
Today, in the midst of the busyness of this season, take a moment and ask God to show you how His hand has guided you to this place. Take special notice of the specific people and events that have reminded you that He’s still there, holding you. Acknowledge and list out a few big blessings He’s worked over the past year. Then, ask Him to show you a few small things that He’s worked even this week.
As you ponder these things, allow yourself to treasure the One who makes all these things possible. Allow yourself to worship and treasure Jesus, the One whom we worship and praise in the midst of this Christmas season.