Luke 2:19 – “But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.”
Mary. She was an ordinary girl yet God had extraordinary plans for her. Of all of the eligible young virgins, she had been chosen to carry the Messiah. It wasn’t a task to be taken lightly. There could have been grave consequences. But God kept her safe. She knew that as long as she willingly followed God and allowed Him to lead her that she would be alright.
Can you imagine traveling all those miles from Nazareth to Bethlehem nine months pregnant with your first child on the back of a donkey (more than likely)? She had to have been terrified. And I’m sure that Joseph was a basket case as well. He was probably realizing with each clomp of the donkey hoof that he was going to have to deliver the child himself. He probably had no clue what he was getting into.
After it was all accomplished and everyone was settling down, the young family had visitors – shepherds. And they came with a marvelous tale – angels singing in the sky, proclaiming Jesus’s birth. How amazing!
Mary must have remembered her own encounter with the angel when he told her about the coming of this little bundle of joy she now held in her arms. I just can’t imagine what it must have been like to hold the Messiah in your arms and brush His hair with your fingers and gently kiss Him on that sweet little head. But as she sat there listening to the shepherds, she couldn’t help but wonder what this little baby was really going to do.
You see, I don’t think that Mary truly comprehended all that Jesus was and is. I don’t know how she could. I don’t get it and I have the completed Word of God.
Jesus came to this earth as a baby. He had a big gummy smile. He took His first steps. He learned and grew just like any other child. The only difference was is this – He did it without sin. That is the key. Had He grown up exactly like any other child, there would have been disobedience and rebellion. But not from Jesus. That’s a whole other blog post to consider.
What I want you to get out of this today, princess, is that Mary was living her ordinary life, planning for her ordinary wedding when God stepped in and offered her something amazing. And she took it. She chose to accept God’s will in her life. And Mary was able to experience and witness some amazing things in her life because of her obedience. But through it all, God gave her the gift of remembering and pondering. Take some time today to remember and ponder all that God has done for you in your life. You may just be an ordinary person like me, but I would guess that if you stop and think about it, you will see some extraordinary things that God had done in your life because of your obedience. Thank Him for that today. Thank Him for the gift of remembering and pondering.