When there is the expectation of a child being born, what will become of that life is held dear, especially in a mother’s heart. Though Mary’s conception was out of the ordinary (Luke 1:34-35), her experiences as a mother would have been most natural. Her role, however, began with an OPEN HEART to what God was going to be working through her in the coming of the Messiah into the world. (Luke 1:38) It was an OPENNESS IN SPITE OF NOT UNDERSTANDING all the details and all that was to come.
Our Lord’s coming and life journey on earth were filled with wonder. Following the visit of the shepherds we read. . .
“(19) But MARY TREASURED UP ALL THESE THINGS, PONDERING THEM IN HER HEART.” (Luke 2:19 ESV)
Then, when Jesus was of the age of twelve — after finding he was not among their relatives for their journey home — they returned to Jerusalem, marveling to find Him in the Temple talking with the teachers there. Again we read. . .
“(51) And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And HIS MOTHER TREASURED UP ALL THESE THINGS IN HER HEART.” (Luke 2:51 ESV)
Jesus’ earthly parents “DID NOT UNDERSTAND” (Luke 2:50 ESV), but a treasury of moments and thoughts began to FILL THE HEART of Mary. Other than the description of Jesus growing intellectually, physically, spiritually, and socially (Luke 2:52) we do not have much written about Jesus’ early years. Most of what is recorded in the Gospels is that of His three short years of ministry.
We might wonder what other thoughts Mary may have TREASURED UP IN HER HEART. Though there was a STRUGGLE IN UNDERSTANDING (note also Luke 8:19-20), the OPENNESS following the Lord’s resurrection and ascension into Heaven had her in the midst of the disciples. (Acts 1:12-14) In spite of life’s struggles and sometimes confusing situations, may our OPENNESS OF HEART to the truths of Jesus keep us in the midst of His disciples.
Have a great day POSSESSING A HEART THAT TREASURES THOUGHTS OF JESUS! – Carl Hanson
Part 1 of a 3 part series from “teEn-MAIL”
(“teEn-MAIL” is sent out daily by Carl Hanson, preacher for the Church of Christ in Port Townsend, Washington, USA, located at 230 A Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368. Come visit us if in the area. www.porttownsendchurchofchrist.org)