Daily D – Luke 2:18-19
All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. LUKE 2:18-19 (NLT)
But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. (NIV)
But Mary was treasuring up all these things in her heart and meditating on them. (CSB)
Mary was quite a remarkable woman. She gained depth perception and broadened perspective beyond what could be expected for someone her age.
Mary held her precious memories close. She “thought about them often.” She “pondered them in her heart.” She “was treasuring up all these things in her heart and meditating on them.”
_Precious memories, how they linger._
Some things are worth remembering forever.
Mary had a baby when she was quite young. She lived for months with questions and accusations, and no doubt some measure of ostracism. All she could hold onto was God’s purpose, his promise, and her baby who would never be exclusively hers. With God’s purpose, God’s promise, and God’s Son, she could endure anything.
In those moments after the pain and discomfort of childbirth, when angels alerted shepherds, and shepherds alerted everyone else, that the long-awaited Messiah had been born, Mary observed every face and each hope. She heard the joy in their voices. She saw the wonder in their eyes. She collected those memories, holding them close, remembering them every time she looked into that precious face.
When we see Mary years later in John 2, we hear two simple statements from her lips. She said to Jesus, “They have no more wine,” (v. 3). Then she said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you,” (v. 5).
Mary knew. She remembered. God supplies whatever we need whenever we need it. She knew and remembered that Jesus always did the right thing the right way for the right reason in the right timing.
Trust Jesus to do the right thing. Trust God to supply what is needed when it is needed.
Pondering turns into prayer. Prayer aligned with God’s purpose and God’s promise never lacks God’s supply. Mary remembered. She helps us remember this truth as well.
I will remember to trust God for what I need when I need it.
Our Father, thank you for Mary and her precious memories. Thank you for her quiet faith and enduring witness. Teach us, like her, what to treasure and what to discard. Teach us, like her, to trust you to always do what is right and to always provide what is truly needed. Expand our capacity to recall all of your wonders in our lives so that we may move into this day and all days to come with Mary’s quiet confidence and grace. Amen.
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Daily D – Psalm 143:8-10
Psalm 143:8-10 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
Daily D – Psalm 142:5
Psalm 142:5 Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.”
Daily D – Ezra 3:11-13
Ezra 3:11-13 With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord: “He is so good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!” Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid. But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy. The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 35:22-25
2 Chronicles 35:22-25 After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him. But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message: “What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.” But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo. But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!”
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 32:31
2 Chronicles 32:31 However, when ambassadors arrived from Babylon to ask about the remarkable events that had taken place in the land, God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.