As I read these verses, I am struck many times, particularly by Mary. She was given the opportunity
by the Most High God to experience not only the virgin birth, but also the life of Jesus more intimately
than anyone. Many of her experiences are shared in the Scriptures, but naturally, there are so, so many
more that are not. She knew certain things that were going to happen, but she still had to ponder so many
things about her Son. How would His life play out? Can you imagine the nights that she had lying in
bed, wondering what would become of her first born Child?
If you want to get mommas to talk, just get them on the subject of their children! They will talk and
talk and talk. Why? It is without a doubt one of their favorite subjects. From the birth process to
how you chose to raise them, to how they ultimately turn out is a fascinating journey. There are a lot
of ups and downs in that journey, but mommas love their kids. Even if you have experienced rejection in
your family, through divorce or something else, there is something deep within a parent making them love
their kidswhether or not they show it. God specifically designed that connection between parent
and child, and it will always be there.
One thing that is great about moms, and hopefully dads as well, is that they ponder so much in their
hearts. They keep all of those memories, good and bad, tucked away in their hearts and conscience. That
is how moms are. They adore their kids.
Recently, during a visit with my Mom and Dad, I was sitting up in my Mom’s room while she rode her
stationary bike. Her computer was just behind me, and on her screensaver, she has a bunch of pictures
that my brother scanned for her. As we sat there, she said, ‘Look at that picture.’
Well, it was a picture of all four of her kids, some dressed up and some not. But that really wasn’t
what it was about. The next thing you know, she was telling me the whole story of why we were dressed up,
where we were going, etc. It was so much more than just a picture.
Yes, I am thinking the same thing you are: How did my mom put me on a public beach in that outfit!
You know I don’t dress like that! Even I know vertical stripes and horizontal stripes don’t
go together! I am assuming that she dressed me like this so she couldn’t lose me anywhere on that
beach!! As we began to talk about the picture, my mom even knew the type of material my shirt was made of!
I was flabbergasted.
Can you imagine the pondering that Mary did about Jesus? Can you imagine the things she treasured in her
heart about her eldest Son? From conceiving as a virgin, to what the shepherds said, to Jesus speaking to
the teachers in the temple, to the persecution and the crucifixion of her Son. Can you imagine all that Mary
had to ponder in her heart about her Son, Jesus?
But when I talk with my Mom, we don’t talk about how hard it was to pay bills, why I was so much
easier to raise than my brothers (okay, a little Christmas humor there!!), etc. We talk about things
that really matter. We ponder important things in our hearts.
As we celebrate the birth of the Son of God, ponder in your heart this season the favorite aspects or
characteristics that you love about Jesus. It might be the feeding of the 5000, or the little children
that wanted to come talk to Him, or when He answered the Pharisees’ questions, or His death, burial and
resurrection. Ponder upon those thoughts this season. Read and study those passages.
And never forget, that God didn’t put your present under a tree. He put it on a tree!
1 Peter 2:21-24 says,