It’s from Luke 2:19, and it hit me so much that when I saw these images of both my “Marys” from Christmas Eve show up on my camera I wanted to keep them close. And ponder them as well.
There is power in pondering. A power that brings understanding and light. Guidance and safety.
And I like to think that Mary was well-aware of that.
She had to be to do what she did.
Sometimes in this world crammed to the gills with technology, never-ending ideas thrown at us and endless cyberspace to “catch up with,” I think it’s easy to forget about the pondering and just get busy with the “doing” without giving it much thought.
Try that new recipe!
Buy that cute outfit!
Try this new diet!
Watch that show!
Create that perfect party!
And all of it is fine and good, and quite often helps us to progress in wonderful ways. But as we race from one thing to the next trying so hard to “fill” it with goodness sometimes we forget to keep some of those things and ponder them in our hearts.
And we forget that the pondering itself is what could fill it up rightly.
That very pondering could possibly make all the difference. Could slow us down. Could help us remember what’s most important. And help us find the joy that waits patiently for our hearts to allow it in.
I fell so in love with this scripture as I was doing some of my own “keeping:” many things nestling into my heart, and pondering them in that safe place.
So GUIDED as an action word spoke to me this year. I was guided to that word. Truly. And I’m excited to try to act on what I need to do to gain that guidance.
I’m adding my own little addendum to my favorite scripture of the holidays: “And Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart,” …and was guided in how to interpret and incorporate and act upon them.
I have already started deliberately listening better for that guidance and it makes a difference.