One thing I love so much about the bible is that every word and sentence has a distinct purpose for God including it. As a mother reading the four gospels I often find myself paying close attention to Mary. A simple young woman that God planned to use to change the world. Just recently I mentioned to the middle school girls in Sunday school how much I loved the verses that say “Mary pondered and treasured these things in her heart”. There is a specific purpose for Luke chapter 2 to mention that Mary intentionally paused, pondered, marveled, and took time to treasure distinct happenings in the young Jesus’ life. She knew that his conception was of God and that there was something special and miraculous about this child she bore. She didn’t have the full picture and understanding until this child grew to a man, died, and rose again of what God’s purpose was for this child.
Little by little Jesus grew and revealed himself and his purpose to Mary. Each special moment, each little hint of who this son really was, Mary stopped and recognized it. She kept these moments in her memory until eventually God revealed to her that the son she bore was God in the flesh who had come to save the world from sin.
These scriptures are a reminder for me to stop, ponder, marvel, and treasure the moments in my life that God reveals himself. Each answered prayer, each “perfect timing”, each time I see His divine protection, and with every miracle. He is always there and patiently waiting. He reveals himself and his plan little bits at a time, as much as my maturity and faith can handle. I am so grateful for the blessings of those moments.
Luke 2:19 “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.”