Meditate on the Word of God
“But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart” (Luke 2:19, NASB).
The birth of a baby is an amazing event, and new parents watch, endlessly fascinated by their newborn infant, even when they are simply sleeping. There is a sense of awe and wonder, at this new little person, completely unique in the world, tiny and helpless, and precious.
The Bible is the revealed word of God, and it speaks to our hearts now as it has for centuries. What an amazing gift God has given us, wisdom so profound that it has lasted through the ages. Yet, the people of the Bible are so human, and even in this most Holy book, we are made aware of how universal some of our human experiences are. They were people like us, broken, sinful, wanting to do better, or not wanting to. Just like we are.
Reading the second chapter of Luke, we come across one of those tender human moments, one that parents everywhere can identify with. Mary has just given birth, in a dirty animal shed, her precious newborn son has been swaddled and placed in the animals feed trough. Then, out of the blue, they are visited by the shepherds, and what a tale those men had to tell! Angels lighting up the sky, telling them of the baby, born that night, and laying in a manger in Bethlehem, angels, telling them good news of great joy. Imagine what that was like for Mary. Tired after the birth of her first child, still so young, away from home. Then, she is visited by a group of excited shepherds, clamoring about angels, and Saviors, and the Christ. It’s a lot to take in.
Mary knew Jesus would be special, she had been told that by an angel before she even knew she was pregnant, her cousin Elizabeth’s baby had “leapt for joy” in her womb at the sound of Mary’s voice. How beautiful is Mary’s reaction to all these miraculous events? She “treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart”. Like every mother, Mary loved her baby, she loved him, he might be the Savior of the world, the Christ, sent by God, just as he had promised, but he was her baby. Like any other mother, she hoarded those memories of him, of the things that happened to them, and she reflected on them in her heart, storing them up, precious, jewel bright memories of her son. And she thought about what they could mean. At this stage, neither Mary nor Joseph really understood who Jesus was. They don’t come to an understanding for years, but Mary remembers, and she meditates on her memories, like treasures.
We need to meditate on God’s word in the same way, pondering its riches. Like Mary, we probably won’t understand everything straight away, but if we can keep searching, keep Gods words in our hearts, then our understanding will grow.
Prayer: Lord, thank you that the Bible is full of people just like we are, please write your word on our hearts, as we ponder the great treasure that you have given. Amen.
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