Monday, October 31, 2011

Treasuring and Pondering

I’ve been a terrible blogger. Seriously. I have gone a whole month without posting. There’s plenty going on that could be shared but as much as I’ve wanted to write, believe it or not, I have been at a loss for words – the right words, that is. There's so much taking place in my heart, but no words to properly articulate what God is doing deep inside of me. At least not when I sit down and try to write it for the blog. Often I tend to process through writing but I sense that the Lord is doing something totally different in me and it’s a season to meditate on who God is and consider what He is doing.

As I was thinking about all of this, I was reminded of the birth of Jesus. The most dynamic event; the Messiah had come, the prophecies and promises fulfilled. When the shepherds learned from the angel that the Savior had been born, they immediately made their way to Bethlehem to see for themselves. The Bible says, “When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” (Luke 2:17-19)...

The shepherds’ response about meeting their Messiah was to publicly spread the word. In their doing so, all who heard it were amazed. Mary, however, was private about all that took place. She treasured it all and pondered it in her heart. I can’t even fathom what must have raced through her mind after giving birth to the Son of God. I imagine though that she was meditating not only on the event and the miracle God had done, but who He is.

Many times when God is doing a new thing and we are seeing Him in a brand new way, we want to spread the word, like the shepherds did. Especially when we know that people will be amazed and praise God as a result. I mean, who wouldn’t want to share something powerful so God can be glorified? It seems like a no-brainer. But in this particular season of my life right now, though the Lord is doing much that’s bringing glory to His name (and that makes me want to run and spread the word), I feel like Mary – treasuring it and pondering it in my heart. The Message says, “Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself.” (Luke 2:19). This new chapter of my life is most certainly one to be treasured and held dear. The Lord is birthing something new and I am treasuring these moments - not focusing only on what He is doing and about to do but pondering on the God, my God, who is good and will bring His will to fruition. 

I will meditate on all your works
and consider all your mighty deeds.
Your ways, O God, are holy.
What god is so great as our God?

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