“But Mary treasured up all these things
and pondered them in her heart.”
Luke 2:19 (NIV)
I loved physics in high school and university. When I studied these subjects I was studying God in His creative ways. I was looking at how God put the universe together and governed it through His laws.
Anti-matter, dark matter, and dark energy are among the newer concepts developed since my days of formal studies. I get excited reading magazines that discuss these new and fascinating ideas. I do not confess to a significant understanding of these things but it is exciting to try.
Music is another and more common part of God’s creation that is an enjoyable thing to study. Having a close look at the beauties of art and the world around us will provide other sources of pleasure and learning about the God who has made everything. Everything about our universe speaks of the wisdom and glory of God.
The scene of our verse today is the story of Mary and Joseph at the birth of Jesus. The shepherds had a late night visit by angels who announced the birth of the Saviour and told them how to find Him. They went and witnessed the truth of the angelic message and spread the word everywhere about the Child. Everyone was amazed at the shepherds’ message but Mary, we are told, “treasured” and “pondered” all these things in her heart.
We know the Bible tells us that Jesus was God’s Man to come and be the Saviour of God’s people. So as Mary reflected on the things that had happened, she was “thinking God’s thoughts after Him”. The wisdom and worth of what Mary did is beyond measure. There is no higher mental activity in which to engage than to see God in what He has created and does with His universe.
In Psalm 93:1 we read, “the Lord is robed in majesty” (NIV). Psalm 19:1 reads, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” (NIV).
Looking at the world is a remarkable way to see and appreciate the tremendous ways of God. It brings us close to our Creator just to meditate on the intricacies of earth and all the necessary and finely tuned detail that is needed to sustain life on our planet.
However, God is not a “thing” to be observed in His handiwork, He is a person who created us in order to have our companionship, to love and be loved in return. Something has gone dreadfully wrong in our world and we seem to be strangers with the One who created everything.
People suffer and there is so much pain all around. There are wars and rumours of wars. Hunger is the lot of millions. Many people with more than they need seem to have little interest in sharing with the “have nots” of the world.
God has invaded His creation in the person of Jesus Christ and provided a way back to Himself and has given the promise of ultimate relief from suffering for all who embrace Him. These are the things Mary pondered and treasured in her heart when Jesus came. Do you think God’s thoughts after him like Mary? Will you?