A mother ponders...
Lying in her bed she places her hand on her tummy as any expectant mother would. There she feels the rounding of her body. She has placed her trust in God. The glances from the neighbors and the natural shock of her parents faces...she is confident God is with her.
What did she think, the moment she first felt the Lord Jesus move within her? As she traveled with Joseph, surely she was uncomfortable and fearful of the approaching birth of her child. Where would they stay? Who would be there to help her in her labor?
LUKE 2, verse 7... And she brought forth her first-born Son, and wrapt him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger. Mother and child...just imagine it my dear friends! A new mother, wondering, pondering, imagining what is to come, amazed at this birth....a beautiful sight! A miraculous sight. His tiny hands, his body wrapped in a cloth, a mother filled with love...a child has been born, who has come to save!
A young mother, pondering in her heart...
She could not as yet understand all that had been said and done, but she received it in faith, and waited till it should be made clear. It was enough for her to know that her Child was, the Son of God and the hope of Israel. Mary accepted His will for her and in faith, trusted, while yet pondering all that was to take place.
It is for certain she is remembering what the angel had said to her; also what had happened to Elizabeth. When the shepherds also came to seek Him, for certain she is in amazement at all the extraordinary circumstances which had attended the birth of her son.
A "mother" forgets none of those things which she experiences before and during the birth of her child. Everything is treasured in her mind and stored within her heart.
Mary too remembers, treasures, stores and ponders all these miraculous events in her heart and mind and anxiously waits for what the future holds for this precious Child.
That wonderful preacher, Charles Spurgeon once said:
Let your memory treasure up everything about Christ which you have either felt, or known, or believed, and then let your fond affections hold Him fast for evermore. Love the person of your Lord!
Store it all in your heart and let it flow from you to your own children.
The most important gift we can give them is Christ.
For He has come to cleanse us of sin and make us His own!
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