Friday, December 27, 2013

Treasured heart memories

Luke 2:
Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them.
But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.
And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
In more than one writing we are told that Mary 'treasured all the things she heard and saw' in her heart.
We can't really blame her for storing these precious memories so close.
Imagine the first meeting with the Angel.
Out of no where a bright angel comes into the room and announces to her she will carry a child and she will always be important in the kingdom of God.
She was a young teen anticipating a life with Joseph and perhaps someday children but as she listened the angel said 'right now' a baby is expected to show up and you are the mother chosen. 
Imagine her thoughts when the angel said "it will be a son and his name will be Jesus".
Mary knew Hebrew and she knew the name of the one who would come someday. 
She treasured in her heart the words and the visit by this heavenly visitor.
Have you ever had a 'profound' conversation with someone and after the fact 
you play and replay it back in your mind and spirit many times over?
I am sure Mary did the same.
The words of the shepherds later on as they spoke of this 'great one' they needed to see.
The words of the wise men and the special gifts given to Jesus. 
Imagine with me as she would hold this precious new born baby.
She became more aware with each passing moment that her baby would be different.
Treasured in heart memories are a part of all new mom's as we look at our newborns.
As we study their faces with the wispy hair, tender soft cheeks and dimpled fingers and toes.
Mary had many things to treasure.
Many words and many experiences that only 'she' would see and be a part of.
Imagine what it would have been like to feed him.
Help him crawl and walk.
Teach him to talk and memorize scripture.
I find it interesting that the word said 'he grew in wisdom', he was God in flesh 
did he lose the all knowing ability then regain it later when he performed miracles?
He grew in stature and in favor with God and man and it says he was obedient.
Interesting words for me.
I can't even imagine Jesus the child becoming disobedient.
Mary had many facts and experiences to store deep in her heart 
all of them life changing and life altering which brings us back to an original question of mine.
Are we ready to receive when we are given the choice to follow a new direction for our lives. 
It is definitely something for us to think about.

1 comment:

bluecottonmemory said...

There are God messages about my boys that in the difficult times I have treasured in my heart. I've always imagined that those are things she didn't share with anyone, except maybe Joseph. Sometimes I think it is a God thing to be able to treasure in my heart and keep my mouth shut:) I've always loved this part of the story - but then I love so many parts of the story - like I love all my boys - each is a favorite. Thank you for sharing this - because it is one I would love to have a conversation and talk about over tea or coffee:) - and we did tonight! Wishing you blessing in the new year!