Mother’s Day: Pondering the Treasures
But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart (Luke 2:19 NASB).
Life’s sweet ups and downs, first steps, first words, the first day of school, first goals, first-day driving, cuddles during sicknesses, birthday celebrations and graduations are just a few of the treasures stored in a mother’s heart.
These moments are a glimpse of what a mother remembers. From the hope of conception and the enduring months of pregnancy, through the painful birth (or the moment the lover lays eyes on the object loved), to the precious memories that continue throughout childhood into adulthood.
Captured from different ages and stages, each treasure is priceless.
But really, every heart who inspires to grow up the next generation out of pure unconditional love, can’t help but contain the treasures found within the tender heart of a mother. They are not exclusive to those who gave birth.
The treasures are the precious gifts that come as a result of knowing someone well, loving someone deeply, and holding onto a heart full of hope completely.
This “drive you to your knees” kind of love is not always fluffy pink, warm, and happy, but rather joyful and sometimes pain-filled from going to the depths of raising children well. And the goal is always to raise them well.
It drives us to our knees to communicate with The Father – the source of truth and love – in prayer.
We love, because He first loved us (1 John 4:19 NASB).
Mary had a heart that beat for God.
She believed God when He told her He was going to do great things, so she stored the treasured moments of the process in her heart, and she pondered.
And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord (Luke 1:45 NASB).
To ponder means to take the time to think. In other words, to have the time for all of the thoughts in your mind to come together.
For nothing will be impossible with God (Luke 1:35 NASB).
In our busy world, as parents and teachers, we tend to look ahead with desire for the finished product, but we neglect, or look down upon, the hard and enduring process.
God is always at work.
Our lives are always a work in progress.
I try to be a good mom, but I am not a great mom. In the beautiful moments and the hard moments, I have made mistakes in the process of raising my children, but the one thing I know is that they cannot get everything they need in this world from me.
It’s my job to point my children to the heart of the Father, and to treasure the sweet moments of the seeking process along the way.
The treasures are a part of the process. Without the process, there wouldn’t be treasures to ponder.
When we seek the Father, we find forgiveness and He lavishes us with His amazing grace.
To you, Beloved, the one who loves and pours into the lives of the next generation, Happy Mother’s Day! May you take the time today to ponder the amazing ways God is working through you, above and beyond what you ever could have imagined, and may you remember those precious treasures that are stored in your beautiful heart.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen (Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV).