When I awoke this morning, I didn’t bounce out of bed as I usually do, but I let the day slowly engage me, as I lay, eyes closed, and thought on a scripture that had come into my head, immediately on my waking.
“But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:19
Pondering is a good thing, for all of us, although I am positive no one has ever had such mysterious happenings in their lives as did Mary. Surely, she didn’t quite understand this overshadowing, this “impossible” pure pregnancy, the birth in Bethlehem, angels speaking in the heavens, shepherds visiting, and a steady star piercing the night and lighting the stable. She pondered it all. She kept it in her heart. No doubt she gazed at baby Jesus…and what? What on earth did she think? How did she rationalize such an occurence? Did she have a spiritual understanding? One thing we know: she pondered it all.
No, none of us will ever have such things to ponder, but all of us have our own mysteries, our own revelations and visions. Inevitably, we keep some things close to our hearts, think long on them, and ponder their meaning, their significance, their influence on our lives.