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 03, 2012 by Rachel Piferi


Treasure & Ponder

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 love Christmas. And last week, we mentioned that we are going to be approaching this Christmas season with fresh eyes. Each day, we plan to present to you something new about the Christmas story that hits us. Something we either haven't seen before or is laying on our hearts fresh in some way this year. One of my favorite things to camp on is how Mary must have felt through all of the Christmas story.

I cannot even imagine all of the thoughts and emotions that Mary must have been experiencing.

All the worry.

All the confusion.

All the fears.

All the excitement.

All the temptation to doubt God's plan that she was the right choice to be the Savior's mother.

Imagine for a second what it must have been like to be an unmarried teenaged girl who has just been told that she has been chosen to be the woman who will carry the Savior of the world. And then when Jesus is born, what did it feel like?

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 (Luke 2:19).

Do you have something in your life right now that you are experiencing that is too great, too amazing, too overwhelming, or even maybe too painful for anyone else to understand? Perhaps, you feel alone because there is no one who can understand what you are feeling. You may not even have the words to explain it to anyone.

I imagine that is how Mary felt too. I imagine there were some things that she could share with those around her, but ultimately the experience was probably too great to fully experience with anyone aside from the Lord.

Oh how I love that there is nothing too great, too overwhelming, too confusing, too scary, or too amazing to share fully with God. And, 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.

As long as you have the Lord in your life, you are never alone.

And I am sure Mary felt that powerfully as she went through such an indescribably amazing experience.

As we continue to explore the story of Christmas, take time to fully imagine how each character must have felt. The birth of Christ must have been such a powerful experience for them.

And sweet friends, it is for you too. Fully experience his birth this year by pausing on the experience of it. And treasure it all in your heart.

Memorize this verse today:

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

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