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Wild Night: The Ponderer

by in Soul Food

"But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart." (Luke 2:19)

You don't meet many people who will admit to pondering things in their hearts. It feels more important to be like the shepherds out there doing things like spreading the word about Jesus and praising and glorifying God. That's got to matter more than just pondering, right?

But Mary was a ponderer. A reflecter. A muller. A thinker. Others were amazed, but she kept turning over everything that had happened to her: The angel. The near-broken engagement. The pregnancy. Elizabeth. The inconvenient trip to an overcrowded Bethlehem. Giving birth in a stable. Strange shepherds showing up already knowing her son was the Messiah.

It's a lot to think about, and most of us don't do enough of that. We've got the facts. Pretty much. Or we can get them on the Google. Now tell us what to do!

But Mary knew something its easy for us to skip over in our noisy world. God's working in our lives is a gift, a treasure, the most important thing. It's not just the facts of what He says and does; it's what those words and actions say about Him and how He loves us and how we should live in His grace. That takes pondering.

Think: Are you a ponderer or are you more likely to drown out the quiet moments in your head and heart? What do you think are the consequences of trying to follow Jesus without thinking too deeply about God's Word?

Pray: Ask God to help you to do enough pondering about the most important things.

Do: Read about how a couple of guys in the Bible talked about pondering God's commands in Job 23:12 and Joshua 1:8.

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