How did the Wisemen feel when they saw baby Jesus, realizing in their hearts that He was the Christ? I imagine they felt the same awe and wonder of seeing God as we do when He moves on our behalf. When I pour out my heart to Him or seek His guidance and I hear Him in my spirit answer immediately and I know it’s the right thing – know that God through the Holy Spirit has just spoken to me. I feel it when He blesses me, uses me and goes with me, helping me when I need someone on my side.
I fall to my knees in worship, amazement and gratitude that the God of the universe loves me, hears me and answers me. Imagine the wonderment when they all looked on the baby Jesus, taking in the supernatural of God in the flesh, yet in lowly human form.
Sometimes the things of God must be pondered, turned over in the mind and heart to seek to know what God is doing.
But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:19 (NIV)
but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. Luke 2:19 (NLT)
But Mary treasured up all these things, often dwelling on them in her mind. Luke 2:19 (WNT)
Sometimes we want to shout from the housetops what God is doing for us, teaching us, and, working in us. I know, for myself, every time He speaks to me, I want to write it on my Facebook wall, turn it into a devotional, or email my family and friends, but sometimes that is not what God wants us to do. Some things are private between you and God. When He speaks, sometimes He wants us to ponder it in our hearts only.
I often jot down bits and pieces of things God is showing me, teaching me or revealing a greater knowledge of. However, many times when I come back to those random words that leaped out at me so powerfully that I wanted to share with all of you, the thrill is gone. Sometimes I was upset at losing the thought, but I finally realized, some things are just for me – for me and God alone.
These are the times I ponder these things and treasure them up in my heart. I think of miraculous answers to prayer that thrilled me so at the time, reading through the Bible for the first time, the old stories coming to life to me, the whispers of the Holy Spirit, the prophecies and words of knowledge, and the encouragements to others that encourages me too.
Why do I ponder them? Well, I suppose they are like spiritual keepsakes, the heirlooms we treasure, the things we take out and look at and tell the story of down through the generations. Like God through Moses directed the Children of Israel to do.
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:4-9(NIV)
If I have guests in my home, I do not share these stories since they would probably be uninterested but even if they were not, it wouldn’t resonate with them as it does with family –they have no real connection to these things like your family does. It puts me in mind of the old joke of inviting friends over and showing your vacation slides for hours. Your family likes to see the reminders of a fun family trip but others, not so much.
You don’t have to be talk, talk, talking all the time. Sometimes you need to ponder.