Words from the Heart for Tuesday December 26th, 2017
But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
Luke 2:19 (NIV)
The hours following the birth of Jesus brought more confirmation to Mary that this newborn child was indeed the Son of God. It would be many years before Jesus began His public ministry. Yet she kept all of these words in her heart and waited for Him to be revealed to all. Can the Lord use us to store His promises until His perfect time comes? We can confidently expect the Lord to fulfill all His plans. None of His words will fail.
An amateur treasure hunter with a hand-held metal detector has turned Canadian history on its head after finding a 16th century shilling buried in clay on the shores of Vancouver Island. According to conspiracy theorists and some historians, the silver coin (produced between 1551 and 1553) is evidence that English explorer Sir Francis Drake traveled as far north as Canada’s Pacific Coast during an expedition to California in 1579, decades before the Spanish arrived in the region.
Having your first baby means that life is going to change. Until then, your life generally revolved around you, and you didn’t have to think about anyone else but yourself. Now your whole life will be focused on this new life who for many years will be completely dependent upon you. You will be gripped by the responsibility you bear to care for every aspect of this baby’s life. Their future is completely in your hands. Most expectant moms and dads spend nine months pondering the changes that are going to come the minute the baby enters the world. If that is the case with a normal baby, imagine what must have been going through the heart and mind of Mary. He writes this in Luke 2:19, “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Mary’s mind must have been racing with all the responsibility that would soon be hers to raise the Messiah. But there was more. There was sense of wonder as well that she should be chosen to be the mother of God’s son. During this season of wonder, we should treasure Jesus in our heart as well.
These have been words from the heart.