But Mary kept all these things, and pondered [them] in her heart
There are those things we would proclaim upon house and
mountain top, wanting everyone to know what we know and share in our excitement. And there
are those things that we quietly treasure within our hearts, like some special sentimental
secret which reveals itself only through the glimmer in our eyes. Mary observed the
reactions of the shepherds to the birth of Jesus, and she marked well the many words,
events and jubilant expressions that accompanied. And she "kept all these
things," and treasured them, "and pondered them in her heart."
It is a very special love that exists between us and our Lord. There are many aspects of
our times with God that we cannot wait to share with others. We look forward to telling
others about some new thing God has revealed to us, or some new way God has moved within
our lives. It is, after all, and encouragement to others and to us when we come together
to share excitements over a common love we have for Jesus.
But every morsel of truth is not necessarily meant for public knowledge, and every
movement of God does not have to immediately be moved beyond the confines of our personal
relationship with Him. There are those times when what God allows us to be a part of is
something that He would have us keep and "ponder them" in our hearts. Within any
close relationship, there are those things that are kept within a small and intimate
circle. It is then nurtured and grows and soon flourishes beyond expectation.
What God gives to us is sometimes meant to be a small piece of a greater whole. It is
meant to be preliminary to things to come, as well as being laid upon things already
present. It is a process of the revelation of God's will and desire in our lives. To
ponder it is to allow it to unfold. We are not always meant to act upon it immediately or
to proclaim it loudly. But sometimes, we are simply meant to take it in, think about it,
pray and wait upon the Lord to fully develop our understanding.
Some things are meant to stay between us and God. Those things will be like a rose bud on
a stem, concealing a beautiful secret that it is not quite ready to share. Much of God's
work in our lives is part of the ongoing process, and much of it requires our patience and
the necessary time to allow the rose bud to become the rose. While we would not want to
keep the rose bud forever closed, we would also not want to rush the process of it's