When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’ So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen Him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about the child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:15-19
I sat looking at my calendar for the first two weeks in December and sighed a heavy sigh. It was so FULL!
Almost all good things filled the boxes on my calendar.
My daughter’s sweet sixteen party.
And the list goes on and on.
Dentist appointments for myself and the kids were the only things that didn’t promise to be fun and festive.
In all this “busy-ness”, I felt God drawing me ever nearer despite the demand on my schedule. He was drawing me nearer to bask in His goodness and His love.
I can only image what Mary’s days must have been like. She had traveled so far in her state of full term pregnancy. Remember, we’re not talking about loading luggage on a jet plane and snoozing on the journey. We’re talking a long journey on dirt and dust and sand and stone, by foot or the back of an animal.
She had given birth in a stable…cold, dark, and full of critters large and small.
Strangers came to worship her tiny baby.
In the midst of it all, she paused, treasured, and pondered this magnificent wonder.
Let’s follow in Mary’s footsteps this Christmas season and enjoy the fullness of the GIFT that God’s has given us in His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ!