Luke and The Lost
To ponder is focusing one’s thoughts and attention on something so as to understand it deeply. When something, good or questionable, happens in or around us, it is good to ponder. To think more deeply, asking for God’s wisdom, will help us to grow and learn. To ponder helps us understand how God works in this world around us. Pondering brings focus if we pray for clear minds and listen only to His Holy Spirit.
Healthy pondering is praying for the foe within us to be defeated. The enemy (satan) consistently shouts unhealthy thoughts about yourself and others with motivations to destroy your relationship with God and others. Know this about your enemy. Know God, through Jesus Christ. ” Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” (Phil 4:8)
Mary pondered about all that was going on around her. She gave birth to the Son of God…in a cave covered in dung and straw. Did she think about her surroundings or her God? Read what is happening and ponder for awhile what is happening behind the scenes. No room in the hotel. No doctor, only Joseph and God at the delivery. Crowds of shepherds come soon after the birth, shouting praises to God. Is this new young mom overwhelmed? No, she quietly thought more deeply, trying to understand, but knowing God was with them….now in the form of a baby in her arms. Her focus was God come down. Her heart at peace.
“Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself.”
Luke 2, The Message
1-5 About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Empire. This was the first census when Quirinius was governor of Syria. Everyone had to travel to his own ancestral hometown to be accounted for. So Joseph went from the Galilean town of Nazareth up to Bethlehem in Judah, David’s town, for the census. As a descendant of David, he had to go there. He went with Mary, his fiancée, who was pregnant.
6-7 While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room in the hostel.
An Event for Everyone
8-12 There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.”
13-14 At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises:
Glory to God in the heavenly heights,
Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.
15-18 As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed.
19-20 Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they’d been told!
Sometimes God shares thoughts with you that are just to magnificent to share with others. Ponder. Praise. Peace.
“Be still and know God.” Be still and know. Be still. Be.
Ponder. Good for the soul.
In Jesus Name, Amen