Pause to Ponder

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

Luke 2:19
The words above told to us from Luke can be so easily missed when read within the Christmas story.  I mean, we have shepherds, we have angels, we have wise men, we have live animals, AND we have the Savior of the world…who has time to ponder?
This verse always sticks out to me.  First, I wonder, why it’s included?  Second, I wonder, how amazing Mary must have been to take time, in the midst of all the commotion, joy, and glory, to treasure all these things and ponder them in her heart.  
She paused, she savored, she delighted.  What a journey she had been on.  And yes, her journey was far from over, but just think about the past nine months:
The angel’s visit, her three month stay with Elizabeth, seeing Joseph for the first time, their journey to Bethlehem, her time worshiping the Lord, giving birth in a stable—all of these things, she guarded and held them close to her heart.  
Don’t you wonder what Mary’s relationship with the Lord must have been like?  I mean, He clearly was pleased with her, since He chose her to be the mother of His Son, but I just wonder what her prayer time looked like?  What kind of insights did He whisper to her heart?  Yesterday, we saw a little glimpse of her heart of praise.  I read this morning, that her song of praise referenced 12 different Old Testament Scriptures—the girl loved God’s Word!  I’m lucky if I can even remember a on sentence Bible verse, but merging 12 together?  Impressive!

Admittedly, none of us will be selected to give birth to God’s one and only Son, but I think the secrets and treasures that Mary pondered are available to each one of us—little gifts and memories from God uniquely designed for us.

So my challenge to all of us is to take some time to pause and ponder—embrace the little and big treasures we have been given…the wonder of the Christmas story, special moments shared with people you love, gifts of scripture from God to you, brief moments spent in prayer and meditation.

There may be a lot going on around us and we may feel completely overwhelmed, but just like Mary, remember to take some time to pause, savor, and enjoy.

“Be still, and know that I am God.”
Psalm 46:10

“I lie awake thinking of you,
      meditating on you through the night.
  Because you are my helper,
      I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.”
Psalm 63:6-7 (NLT)

“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”
Deuteronomy 33:27
I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.”
Jeremiah 31:3