Thinking to yourself

When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child. And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.  – Luke 2:17-19

When something incredible happens… when revelation opens our eyes, it elicits a response. And sometimes we feel, much like the shepherds did, that what God has shown us needs to be shared. But sometimes, we need to be more like Mary.

I love this passage because it doesn’t indicates that one response was better than the other. The shepherds aren’t like the lame who are healed by Jesus, specifically told not to tell anyone. Nope, they’re met the Messiah and they cannot contain their joy. And it’s fine. It’s a good response.

Then there’s Mary, the one who has had her life more turned on its head than anyone could possibly imagine. And rather than going around telling people she gave birth to the Messiah, she ponders these things in her heart.

This isn’t so much a personality thing, as it is a “proper” thing. There is a time and place to share what God has shown you. But then there’s also a time and place to think on it, mull it over. And above all, do so privately.

What is God showing you right now? Does He need to be the crutch you lean on? Do you need to mend a relationship? Perhaps you need to confess your sin? Whatever is, there is a time for sharing and a time for pondering. Reflect before deciding which one it is. Seek, and you will undoubtedly find.

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