Verse of the Day

"But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart."

~Luke 2:19

Today's Devotional Thought

December 22, 2011 by Rachel Piferi


Treasuring & Pondering

Have you ever had anything happen to you that you really have no words to fully describe? Something that is so unbelievable, either good or bad, that even if you had the words, other people wouldn't fully understand?

I can imagine that is how Mary must have felt as she carried and delivered her first born son, Jesus. Imagine for a second what it must have been like to be an unmarried teenaged girl who just gave birth to the Son of God. Imagine that. I mean, really imagine that.

Imagine holding Jesus in the wee hours of the night, just gazing at Him like all new mothers do. Imagine looking at Him and feeling so honored and yet, so inadequate to be the mother of God. Imagine being so grateful that Joseph decided to stay with her and not do what tradition and laws would have allowed him to do. Imagine wondering why God chose you out of all of the women in the history of the world to be the mother of the Savior. Imagine that.

I can see why, as everyone else was spreading the word of the birth of the Savior, that Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.

I know I can relate. I remember when Isabella was born and we were finding out that everything looked like it was going to be okay. It looked like we had received a miracle. And, I simply had no words to describe what was going on around me and what I was feeling. Even today, I watch her playing and my heart feels so full and I simply have no way to articulate how amazed I am at the experience. How undeserving I feel to have received her. And how responsible I feel to make sure that I do a good job sharing this gift that I have received. I am awed and I have many moments where I treasure up all these things and ponder them in my heart.

How about you? Do you have something in your life that you are experiencing or have experienced in the past that is too great, too amazing, too overwhelming, or even maybe too painful for anyone else to understand? Perhaps even, you feel alone because there is no one who can fully understand what you are feeling. You may not even have the words to explain it to anyone. I know I have experiences, relationships, and blessings that are simply too amazing to articulate and I am left pondering and treasuring them.

And when I do that, I can let God share in them with me.

I think we can all take solace in Mary's experience and share our feelings with the Lord in prayer when we simply don't have the words to articulate all that we are feeling. The beauty of our relationship with God is that we don't have to have the words to describe our most meaningful, amazing, painful, or overwhelming events. Instead, we can treasure them and ponder them in our heart and allow God to share in our emotions even when we don't have the words to express it.

Memorize this verse today:

"But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart."
~Luke 2:19

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