Ponder These Things

They hurried off and found both Mary and Joseph, and the baby who was lying in the manger. After seeing them, they reported the message they were told about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary was treasuring up all these things in her heart and meditating on them. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had seen and heard, which were just as they had been told.

Luke 2:16-19

I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
I will consider all your works
and meditate on all your mighty deeds.

Psalm 77:11-15

Many of us are losing the simple ability to ponder as our lives become filled with the noise of instant digital access to everything, everywhere. The space and discipline to be still, alone, and reflective is an inescapable prerequisite of life with God. We must be able to recall his faithfulness to us in days past to find the faith and courage to follow him in the days still ahead. That means slowing down long enough to identify his blessings and recall his goodness. 

Like Mary, our life with God should include regular times of pondering and treasuring. Consider taking some time even now to gain perspective. Use a few minutes to ponder, to recall God’s faithfulness to you in the past, or express gratitude for a blessing he has given that you have not deserved. Reflecting on these memories may change your perspective on the challenges that await you today.

Skye Jethani

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