Nativity

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.  This will be a sign to you:  You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’…So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.  When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.  But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.  The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told,” (Luke 2:8-20 NIV).

Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.  She was caught right in the middle of God’s great plan, but she couldn’t have possibly understood it all.

What do you do when you are caught in a time that you don’t really understand?

Maybe Mary placed her baby in the manger and then thought, “What kind of mom am I?  My baby – the Son of God – is in a feeding trough for animals and that’s the best that I have for him.  I don’t know if I can do this.  Is this really part of Your plan, God?”  And then maybe the shepherds came rushing in with their faces glowing as words poured out of them about how all these angels had sung about the baby.  Mary was a regular person.  And a new mom. I’m sure she had some thoughts like that,  but I also think she thought back as she tried to understand all that was happening.

I think Mary probably thought about that day that the angel came and told her that she was going to have a baby – before she was married to Joseph, and the words that Elizabeth had spoken to her when she went to visit, “But why am I so favored that the mother of my Lord should come to me?  As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy,” (Luke 1:43-44 NIV), and how Joseph trusted her, and now how excited these shepherds were about her baby and about the amazing story that they told about the angels.

I think Mary thought about what she knew about this situation.  She knew that God had always taken care of her.  And she knew that God was good.  I wonder what she anticipated as she listened to the shepherds and sat there looking at baby Jesus.

So, what are you treasuring up today?  What are you pondering in your heart?

If you’re caught in a time that you don’t understand, can you stand in the fact that God is good and anticipate good things to come?

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