“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:9
Pastorpete51 of Praise2worshipdotnet recently shared a superb story about the mother of Jesus from a fresh angle. Mary’s Treasure focuses on the fact that this young (very pregnant) woman had just traveled a considerable distance and then given birth in a stable.
Pastor Pete sets the scene:
Finally, just as Mary and her newborn baby settled off to sleep, a crowd of shepherds stampeded in and began singing and shouting something about angels.Peter Caligiuri
But rather than being annoyed, the Bible says Mary “Treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart.”
In other words, she recognized that the events unfolding around her were a fulfillment of what the angel Gabriel told her nine months earlier.
If you don’t already follow Pastor Pete’s blog, please check it out! He shares some great scriptural thoughts, sprinkled with personal stories and music. Again, it’s called praise2worshipdotnet.
I have these two bracelets that I often wear–doubled up, just like this. They remind me that I need to look twice as hard for the good.
I think that’s what Mary did. After traveling 90 miles by donkey to give birth in a barn, she treasured the shepherd’s story of how angels told them about her newborn son.
She found the good. And so can we.
No, everything that happens to us isn’t going to be positive, but our response CAN be.
Thank God for Mary, who agreed to be the mother of Jesus Christ. She went through more trauma (and later, grief) than most moms, but I believe she kept the faith.
For a look at why finding the good–especially these days–is more important than ever, please read my post, The Sky is Probably NOT Falling.